Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Enugu workers embark on 3-day warning strike over minimum wage

Enugu State workers were today Wednesday said to embark on a three-day warning strike to protest government’s refusal to pay them the ₦18,000 minimum wage.

The decision was taken on yesterday, Tuesday in Enugu, the state capital, at a rally jointly organised by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council

Addressing the workers, the state NLC Chairman, Mr. Chukwumaife Nze, said the workers rejected a government’s circular that added only ₦10,000 and ₦5,000 to the salaries of employees on levels 01-06 and from level 07 and above respectively.

He added that the circular was signed by the Head of Service, Denis Eze.

The Chairman, Mr Nze urged government to withdraw the circular and implement the salary chart submitted to it by the organised labour forthwith.

He also added that government had invited the labour unions for further negotiation, and assured the workers that they would not accept anything less than the ₦18,000 minimum wage.

Consequently, from the writing on the wall, Enugu state workers may just have no other option than to embark on Industrial action from today, Wednesday.

Ubong Edem

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