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Minimum wage: FG moves to douse unions’ down tool call



Ebonyi not perturbed by strike – Umahi

AS workers all over the federation perfect their acts for commencement of a nationwide warning strike to press home their demand for a new minimum wage, the Federal Government yesterday stepped up efforts to nip the planned industrial action in its bud.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige dropped this hint while fielding questions from State House correspondents on what government was doing to forestall a long drawn industrial shutdown.
According to     Ngige, Federal Government has resumed negotiation with workers to ensure industrial harmony, blaming recent misunderstanding on the issue on what he called “a communication gap” between government and the unionists.
However, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday said that he was not perturbed by threat of industrial action by workers in the state, especially those from staff of state-owned higher institutions in Ebonyi.
Umahi disclosed this at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and affiliate unions and managements of the state-owned tertiary institutions over the disbursement of the second tranche of N7.6 billion Paris Club refund to the state, adding that threats of strike would not bother him because it was the legitimate right of the workers to make peaceful agitations.
Meanwhile, the leadership of organised Labour in Anambra State has directed their members to join workers in other states to ensure total compliance with planned nationwide warning strike.
A statement jointly signed by Anambra Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, Jerry Nnubia, Chairman of Trade Union Congress in Anambra State, Ifeanyi Okechukwu and Chairman of Joint Negotiating Council in Anambra State, Jibuike Ikenna, directed workers to stay at home and await further directives.
“Sequel to Federal Government’s inability to negotiate and implement the new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers, organised Labour has decided to embark on a seven-day nationwide warning strike with effect from midnight of Wednesday, September 26 to press home their demand.
In compliance with the national leadership of organised Labour directive, therefore, all affiliate unions of organised Labour in Anambra are hereby directed to mobilise their members to ensure total compliance with the strike action. They are advised to stay at home and await further directives from the national leadership of organised Labour,” the statement reads.

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