Government , labour who blinks first?

Signs that the organized labour and the Federal Government are headed for a show down began to manifest when the tripartite committee set up by government to review the minimum wage ended without any categorical statement on the agreed amount that was recommended to the Federal Government for approval and implementation. From all indications, there was no consensus and there was no deadlock. Since the Committee submitted its report, it has been claims and counter claims on the amount agreed upon by the Committee. Labour claimed that it was N30,…

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Minimum Wage: Govt plays hide and seek

The last has not been heard about the minimum wage brouhaha. A new policy by the Federal Government appeared to have force closed expectations by workers that something fantastic would come out of the tripartite committee meeting recommendation on the minimum wage to the Federal Government. Henceforth, striking workers would not be paid for the period of the strike. This was the resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which met last Wednesday. According to Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, the approval of the “no work,…

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Borno Workers Demand Payments of N20 Billion Gratuities, Others

Borno workers have called on Governor Kashim Shettima to promptly pay their outstanding “gratuities and pensions” of retired civil servants in the state. The aggrieved workers also threatened to embark on an industrial action against the state government, if payments are further delayed for unsettled legitimate entitlements. This was disclosed on Friday in Maiduguri in an interview with the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Titus Abana. According to him, the Borno State Government owed backlog of N20 billion gratuities for five years. His words: “The issue of pension…

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APC govt pushed workers into poverty, suicide –NLC, TUC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, on Sunday, described 2017 as a very difficult year for Nigerians, noting that the All Progressives Congress government ruined Nigerians and pushed more workers into poverty and wretchedness. It stated that the deplorable economic conditions in 2017 were captured by the statistics recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics which indicated that over four million Nigerians lost their jobs in 2017. Also, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria said millions of Nigerian workers lost their jobs, while many others committed suicide due to the untold…

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