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Labour Threatens to Resume Strike as FG Denies Approving N30,000 Wage
Organised Labour has threatened to embark on a strike again upon Federal Government’s denial of approving the N30,000 minimum wage.
This was as a result of a statement made by the government on Wednesday, disclosing that the N30,000 minimum wage proposal contained in the report of the tripartite committee was still a recommendation and had not yet been approved.
Speaking with the State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said President Muhammadu Buhari would still study the report presented to him on Tuesday by the Amal Pepple,Chairman of the committee, before deciding.
The minister later revealed that the minimum wage was still a recommendation and not an approval, thereby springing reactions from the labour union.
“I think it was a recommendation. Mr President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,”
The General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Musa Lawal, reacting to Lai Mohammed’s comments, said the union will embark on a strike if the minimum wage demands are not met.
He added that their suspending the strike was as a result of the government’s willingness to accept the tripartite committee’s report, including that not implementing their demands will be seriously opposed.
“They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30, 000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do,” Lawal said.