Labour ready to shut down the country- TUC
By Olamide Fadoju
With negotiations still ongoing between the Federal Government and the labour unions, the Trade union Congress says the labour unions are ready to bring the country to a standstill if their demands are not met.
Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Rivers State Chapter Austin Jonah made this declaration, Wednesday on Nigeria Info FM Programme, Morning Crossfire.
According to Mr Austin, although the strike was initially supposed to commence on October 16, Nigerian workers are all still ready to down tools if their demands are not met by midnight on Wednesday.
“Nigerian workers are massively behind their leader. We have mobilized to the extent that if they say 'shutdown', we will shut down this country because this is life or death.
“Nigerian workers are massively behind their leader and they are ready to join. We have mobilized to the extent that if they say shut down we will shut down this country. We are not joking because this is life and death”.
"We are looking at the grey areas. If by 12 pm tonight (Tuesday) nothing happens, we will go ahead with the strike,” he said.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to go on an indefinite strike on October 16, if the Federal Government do not accept its demands on adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage approved on the On 18th April 2019 when President Buhari signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law
Their demands also include a 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.
The Federal government negotiating team on Tuesday met with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council representing labour unions in negotiating the total implementation of the new Minimum wage. Both parties are to meet again on Wednesday to negotiate further.