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TUC threatens strike over minimum wage deadlock

13 August 2013, 07:52

Abuja – Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatened to go on strike if the minimum wage was not set within its demands.

Negotiations on a minimum wage began more than two years ago with labour unions proposing as much as $340 a month but the Senate eventually settled on about $118 (N18 000).

National President of TUC, Bobboi Bala Kiagama, warned that workers will reject anything lower than the union's demands.

“Labour has controversial areas to sort out with the Nigeria senate and we are prepared to take them headlong particularly on the area of national minimum wage and on the area of local government autonomy," he said in Jalingo, Taraba State.

“It is sad the senate has decided in their own voting to transfer issues of national minimum wage to the concurrent legislative list against labour wish and stand that the issues of labour and minimum wage are supposed to be maintain and kept on the exclusive legislative list.”

Kiagama said despite the possibility of a strike, the labour union was still committed to dialogue.

"We do not derive pleasure from declaring strikes. In fact, we are pained by declaring a strike. We are prepared to sit down and discuss with our employers. We want to see a situation where employers would see us as partners in progress," Kiagama said.


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