At the moment, the Federal government and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are locked in a battle over the new minimum wage.
While labour is proposing N30,000, the Federal government gave a counter figure of N24,000; State government proposed N20,000. The inability for Labour and the government to agree led to an NLC protest in Lagos.
The NLC protest in Lagos is ahead of the indefinite Strike Action slated for November 6, 2018.
Consequently, the government is threatening workers that embarking on a strike action would affect salary payment.
Although Labour is urging workers to ignore the government’s threat of ‘No Work No Pay’.
Furthermore, a statement by the President of NLC and the General Secretary Ayubba Wabba and Dr. Peter Ozo- Eson urged workers to fully mobilise.
Also, the minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige denied Government’s acquiescence to the N30,000 figure.
Protesters began their protests from Yaba, all the way to Ikeja in Lagos.
According to labour, the protest is to:
“Sensitize Nigerians on our plight as workers and citizens and the need for national resistance.”
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