Labour Cancels Planned Strike In Ondo

Labour unions in Ondo State have resolved to revoked its planned strike.

Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) had demanded that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu should pay workers’ salary arrears or face the consequences of indefinite strike.

Chairman of NLC, Tayo Ogunleye, told journalists in Akure yesterday that the government had paid six out of the seven months arrears, pledging to defray the remaining before the end of January 2019.

He noted that the leadership of the organised labour had not compromised on the strike but only negotiated with the government on the welfare of workers.

He, however, expressed displeasure that government waited for an ultimatum from the labour unions before performing its duty.

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NLC Insists On N30,000 Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow governors to delay the transmission of the recommended N30,000 new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

President of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja in reaction to the media report credited to the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji, Abdulaziz Yari who threatened to sack workers on account of the new national minimum wage.

The statement argues that the processes of negotiations by the tripartite committee for a new national minimum wage of N30,000 has been agreed upon & concluded.

According to the statement, many state governors have already indicated their readiness to pay the N30,000 and expresses displeasure with those who want to enslave Nigerian workers.

It reiterates the resolve of the organized labour to vote out any political party that refuses to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage.

The statement therefore appeals to the President to speedily present to the NASS the bill on the National Minimum Wage for legislative consideration & passage into law.

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Just In: NLC Calls Off Proposed Nationwide Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday, called off its industrial action originally scheduled to begin at 12am on Tuesday.

Recall that labour, under the leadershup of Ayuba Wabba, has been demanding for the raise of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.

Wabba, in an announcement made in Abuja very late on Monday night, explained that after the second leg of the marathon meeting of the tripartite committee constituted by the Federal Government to decide a new national minimum wage.

“The tripartite negotiating committee, as rightly put by the chairperson, has, this period, concluded its assignment; agreements have been reached, and also documents have been signed,” Wabba said.

“The report will be submitted to Mr. President tomorrow by 4:15pm. Therefore, organised labour, we want to use this medium to thank all the tripartite partners for their understanding, and importantly for concluding this important national assignment.

“And having reached this position, and also the fact that the assignment has been concluded, the organised labour also decided that the proposed strike action is hereby suspended.”

Ama Pepple, Chairman of the committee, added: “I am happy to report to you that we have concluded our assignment and we will submit our report to the President by 4.15pm on Tuesday.

“We will reveal the figure at the presentation.”

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New Minimum Wage: FG, NLC Meet Today

The Federal Government has said that it hopes to continue negotiations on the national minimum wage with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Sunday, despite a court injunction restraining them from embarking on strike.

According to a statement by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, the meeting involving organised Labour, the organised private sector and government will hold at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha by 6 p.m.

Mr Ngige said the meeting would be followed by another meeting of the National Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee on Monday, November 5, at the same venue.

He appealed to all tripartite members to attend the meetings in the interest of the nation to find a solution to the minimum wage impasse.

The unions are insisting on a new minimum wage of 30, 000 naira for workers.

Recall that the strike over minimum wage would begin on Tuesday, November 6.

Nigerians who have plans of travelling around and out of the country will be unable to do so.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has declared its intention to join in the nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress over FG’s refusal to meet its minimum wage demand.

Talks on a new wage have reached deadlock after state governors said they couldn’t guarantee the payment of N30,000 wage to workers.

A court had ruled on Friday that the strike be cancelled, as it would jeopardize citizens’ livelihood. But the NLC insists it is well within the ambit of the law to embark on the strike.

 

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Organised Labour To Commence Nationwide Warning Strike

The Nigeria labour congress NLC, has directed all its members to commence a warning strike on the midnight of Wednesday, 26 September 2018.

Labour is making true its threat of a 14 day ultimatum issued to the federal government on the 12th of September to return to the negotiating table with its own proposed figure of a new national minimum wage for workers in the country.

In a letter to all Councils of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress TUC, signed by their General Secretaries, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson and Mr Ozigi, the two labour Centres said they are calling out their members over the non implementation of a national minimum wage.

A formal notification letter has also been issued to all Councils and Industrial Unions to that effect.

Except there is a quick response by the government before the ultimatum lapses, Nigerian workers nationwide will down tools to drive home their demand on a new national minimum wage.

Recall that President Muhammad Buhari had set up a tripartite Committee headed by former Permanent Secretary, Ms Amma Pepple to work out a new national minimum wage for workers in Nigeria.

But two weeks ago when the Committee was to meet for the last time before submitting its report to the government, the government through the Minster of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said government needed more time to deliberate and come up with its own figure and the meeting was adjourned indefinitely.

Rising from that meeting, labour issued the fourteen day ultimatum which will lapse on the midnight of Wednesday.

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NLC Commends Kwara Assembly Over Passage of Bill Suspending Pension To Ex-Govs, Deputies

The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the State House of Assembly for passing a bill stopping payment of pension to former governors, deputy governors, and other officers holding political offices after their tenure in office.
The House on Tuesday passed the bill after considering the report of the House Committee on Establishment and Public Service at the Committee of the Whole House sitting in Ilorin.
In a press release signed by the NLC Chairman, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade on Thursday, the labour union said that the passage of the bill reflects the lawmakers’ commitment to the interest of the masses.
Agunbiade noted that the passing of the bill is also a pointer to the type of people that should be voted into power for good governance to be achieved.
The labour leader recalled that the union had in the past kicked against the pension bill, particularly during the public hearing on the Contributory Pension Bill brought before the House.
He, therefore, applauded the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad and other members of the House for passing the bill.
Agunbiade also called on other states in the country to emulate Kwara state and stop payment of pensions to former governors still holding elective or appointive positions.
He also pledged the unflinching support of the union to the State government under the leadership of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
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NLC Has Lived Up To Expectations In The Last 40 Years – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has lived up to expectation in discharging its role of protecting the interests and welfare of the Nigerian worker.
Hon Dogara also  saluted former leaders of labour for their leadership and sacrifices that ensured the continued existence of one united and robust labour organisation in Nigeria.
He also assured that the House of Representatives will support ongoing effort to secure not only a living wage for the Nigerian worker but to ensure that in retirement workers are sufficiently taken care of.
In a statement to commemorate the 40TH anniversary of the founding of the NLC,  the speaker noted the brave and courageous moves taken by the congress when necessary to ensure that  better rights and privileges are conveyed on the Nigerian worker.
He said, “Indeed, the NLC has come of age. It has played a pivotal role in the struggle for better rights and privileges for the Nigerian worker. The NLC since its founding by a military Decree has lived up to its responsibilities of articulating and pursing the enlightened interests of the working man and woman. It has sometimes confronted the authorities by using the mechanism of strikes and in some instances the mere threat of action has enough to bring relevant authorities to the negotiating table.
“We must use this occasion to salute the former leaders of Labour for their leadership and sacrifices that ensured the continued existence of one united and robust labour organisation in Nigeria. The present leadership must ensure that this legacy bequeathed to them is maintained and even surpassed. The NLC must remain strong, united and progressive. It must work in concert with both government and the private sector to enthrone a viable and strong economy for Nigeria, which is the only sustainable way to ensure better working conditions for the Nigerian worker.
“The major challenge facing Labour today is to negotiate a meaningful National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers. I wish to lend the support of the House of Representatives to the ongoing effort to secure not only a living wage for the Nigerian worker but to ensure that in retirement workers are sufficiently taken care of. The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.”
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Labour Unions Threaten Strike in Kano

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC ) and Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), in Kano State, have threatened to embark on a three -day warning strike if the state government failed to meet their demands.

The labour unions issued the threat during a press conference at the Press Center of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, in Kano.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labor Congress in the state, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the decision to issue the warning strike was informed by the inconsistencies recorded in the payment of workers salaries in the state as a result of the unprofessional attitude of the consultants hired by the state government to handle salary issues.

The Chairman, who read the communique of the meeting of the joint bodies also decried the non- implementation of annual increment and promotion to staff of the state civil servants, local government staff as well as staff of SUBEB

He listed as part of their grievance the non-payment of outstanding 8 months salary arrears of the staff of the Primary Healthcare Management Board (PHCMB), whose appointment were regularized since 2015.

He also lamented the non-payment of outstanding 9 and 4 months of staff of Kano State Senior Secondary Management Board (KSSSMB) whose appointments were regularised since 2015.

According to the Chairman, the workers were offended by the non implementation of the 9 months salary arrears of staff of the Corporate Security Guards who were regularized since 2015.

The unionists gave the state government up to May 2018 to discontinue the use of consultants on salary matters in the state following the incompetent performance, advising the government to hand over the responsibility to qualified and suitable civil servants for the purpose .

They also demanded that all outstanding issues of omission, underpayment and deduction should be settled immediately just as they insisted that all outstanding cases of promotion and annual increase in the state civil service, local government and SUBEB should be dealt with accordingly.

They also demanded the state government to respect its earlier resolve to pay salary and pension on or before the 29th of every month.

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NLC Urges Buhari To Caution El-Rufai Over Sack Of Teachers

The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call to order the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over the sack of over thirty thousand workers.

At a news briefing in Abuja, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba accused the governor of carrying out the action in his  obsession to access a loan from the world bank.

Labour is worried that the governor’s action could propel criminality in the state due to the increase in unemployment.

Also, the president of the trade union congress TUC, Bala Kaigama accused the governor of being insensitive to the already harsh economic conditions workers are currently faced with

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Kaduna Police Command Warns NLC Against Protest

Ahead of planned protest by the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), over the sacking of teachers by the Kaduna Government, the state police command has said it will not tolerate any form of protest in the state.

National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, yesterday condemned the sacking of workers by the Kaduna State government. 

Wabba in a statement in Abuja said the NLC, having exhausted avenues for amicable settlement of the issues in Kaduna, has no choice than to embark on a protest in Kaduna. 

“Having exhausted all processes aimed at constructive engagement with the state government, it is clear that Governor Nasir el-Rufai has to be stopped by all means with all means lawful for the sake of Kaduna State and Nigerian people,” the NLC president said.

But the state police commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abe, warned that protesters would not be tolerated in the state as all forms of processions had been banned.

At a press conference at the command’s headquarters yesterday, Abe said anyone or group intending to carry our any public protest or procession should, in the interest of the public peace shelve such plan as the Nigeria Police Force will not standby idly and watch the peace being enjoyed by citizens of the state truncated.

He further warned: “Those who might be contemplating to come to Kaduna to foment trouble are strictly advised to stay away from the state as the command is prepared to deal decisively with any such person or group.”

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NLC Threatens Nationwide Protest If Fuel Scarcity Persist

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has threatened to embark on a nationwide protests if the fuel crisis that has bedeviled the country continues.

In a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by a member of its National Executive Committee (NEC), Comrade Issa Aremu, said it might compel Nigerians to return to street protests as they had done in the past “to force the ruling elites to face up to the challenges of governance of the most populous, promising but badly governed country on the continent.”

“The one month long fuel shortage has further worsened poverty (and) put productivity on hold. We dare not enter the new year with this recurring old mess,” the statement said.

It, however, commended the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for directing the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to cut short its recess and immediately convene industry stakeholders meeting in a bid to end the crisis.

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NLC Urges FG To Recover Missing Crude Oil Money

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) wants the Nigerian government to take immediate steps to recover the several billions of dollars in crude oil revenue reported missing by the Nigeria Extractive Industry and Transparency Initiative from the sale of crude oil.

Addressing the National Executive Council meeting of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria in Abuja, President of Congress, Comrade Abubakar Wabba said if the missing money can be recovered, the country has no reason to complain of scarce resources or declare recession.

Wabba said “recently, a member of the National Assembly shared with me very disturbing information. He said that why in our books, it was recorded that we had zero sale of crude oil at a time, there were actually records which are available to NEITI that crude oil running into several billions of dollars was actually sold. 

“When you go out there, because their records are straight forward and you can’t change figures, monumental amount of crude oil was discovered to have been sold and NEITI report has captured that aptly. 

“If we are able to recover these loss, we don’t have any reason to say this country is in recession. NEITI report said several billions of dollar in crude oil Resource are missing. But that was the time we were saying there was pipeline vandalism and therefore crude oil was not sold or any other excuse has been given. 

“But out there, because you cannot take it out without recording it, you have the records of the actual amount that accrued to the Nigerian government and the banks where the money has been deposited. These people are feasting on the wealth of all of us. 

“That is why the issue of inequality will continue to be with us and the issue of poverty will continue to be there if we don’t address this social imbalance where the rich will, continue to be rich. In this country, it is only the poor that respect the rule of law. These are the issues and so, when we say solidarity for ever, we must be ready to follow up the issues and challenge them.”

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