NLC, Workers on protest with placards

 

The 36 states councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), associate unions, affiliate groups and the Civil Society Organization (CSO) has been directed by the parent(National) body of the organization to rally enmass for the kickoffs of the mass Nationwide Protest over the nonfeasance of the Federal Government to convey the N30,000 Minimum Wage Implementation Bill to the National Assembly.

Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, The General Secretary of NLC, falsifying media publications that the union had mobilised to resume strike today (Tuesday), the organised labour maintained it such resolution was not anywhere near their table.

He further stressed in a statement yesterday issued in Abuja that when the organised labour decides to embark on strike, the general public would be duly informed on it.

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The Statement reads, “It has come to our attention that some section of the news media has largely misrepresented our action plan in reaction to the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It should be recalled that the National Executive Council of NLC met on December 17, 2018 and directed that we hold nationwide mobilisation of workers and our allies if by December 31, 2018 the bill on the National Minimum Wage has yet to be sent to the National Assembly to be passed as an Act of Parliament.

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“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria. This does not translate to a strike.’’

Nigeria Labour Congress maintained, records have it that each time it had cause to embark on a national strike action, it is equivocally made public. Emphasizing, it still doesn’t understand from where the rumour about a strike commencing tomorrow was fabricated and emanated.

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It added that already, all its state councils, affiliate unions and abettors in other pro-people mass organisations now popularly referred to as civil society organisations, have been fully informed and mobilised to ensure the success of tomorrow’s mass protests in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“When a date is decided for the commencement of a strike subsequently, we will inform the public.” NLC added.