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Minimum Wage: Labour to Stage Nationwide Protest Tomorrow

The Nigeria Labour Congress has announced it would embark on a nationwide protest tomorrow to press home its demand for a higher minimum wage.

The union’s general secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, however clarified today that the planned protest by Nigerian workers is not a strike action.

The umbrella labour union has been agitating for an increase in the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.

“It has come to our attention that some sections of the news media have 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 the NLC met on December 17 last year 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.

“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,” Ozo-Eson said.

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