Minimum wage: Osun to join nationwide strike



Workers in Osun say they will join the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) if the Federal Government and labour failed to reach agreement on consequential adjustment on the wage increase.

Mr Jacob Adekomi, the Chairman of the state chapter of the NLC made this disclosure on Monday.

Adekomi said he had received the directive on the proposed strike by the national headquarters of the congress and that the directive would be followed to the letter.

The NLC General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, had in a circular, directed  the state councils of the congress to mobilise members for the strike in case the negotiations between government and the union slated for Tuesday, breaks down.

Adekomi, however, said it was unfortunate that labour had to resort to strike before workers’ demand for welfare would be looked into.

“It is quite unfortunate in this country that you do not get your right easily.

“The language employers of labour understand is agitation, which is quite unfortunate.

“It is about precedent now, if you want to get your right here, you have to do the unthinkable.

“It is the unthinkable language that they do understand,” he said.

Adekomi, however, expressed the hope that the issue of consequential adjustment on the minimum wage implementation would be resolved between now and Tuesday.

“It is not about the issue of strike. It is about getting our demands. Nobody is interested in strike but what we are saying is give us what is due to us.’’


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