Why We Cannot Declare Strike Now -NLC

By Alice Etuka, Abuja

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero has stated that there were no plans to embark
on a strike action tomorrow, Tuesday.

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Ajaero disclosed this on Monday, June 10, 2024 at the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

He explained that the tripartite committee’s proposals were awaiting the President’s decision and the NLC’s National Executive Council would deliberate on the new figure once it is announced:

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“We cannot declare strike now because the figures are with the President.

“During the tenure of the immediate past President, the figure that was proposed to him was N27,000 by the tripartite committee but he increased it to N30,000.

“We are hopeful that this President will do the right thing. The President had noted that the difference between N62,000 and N250,000 is a wide gulf”, he said.

The NLC president however, berated governors who lamented their inability to pay a minimum wage of N62,000:

“How can any governor say he cannot pay? They cannot also be calling for the decentralization of the minimum wage.

“Are their wages decentralized? Governors whose states are not contributing a dime to the national purse and who generate pitiable Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) are collecting the same amount as governors whose states are generating billions of dollars into the FAAC.

“They should decentralize their salaries and emoluments first.

“So, where is the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki getting his money from? He is paying N70,000 minimum wage. This is the type of governor that should be emulated and not the lazy ones”, Ajaero said.

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