The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged Nigerians to commence stocking food and other necessities of life as workers will ensure a total shutdown of the country, beginning from November 6, should the government fail to pass the new minimum wage demand.
In a resolution reached at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC held in Abuja, the workers’ union also said they were not perturbed by the no-work no-pay policy of the federal government, insisting that the right to strike is both a human right and a trade union right, and therefore cannot be abridged.
The NLC said its strike would lead to a total shutdown of the country.
The resolution, which was contained in a communiqué signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba, and general secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, urged workers to disregard government’s directive on “no work, no pay” because workers are already being impoverished and owed arrears of salaries.
The communiqué reads: “NEC-in-session directed all affiliate unions, state councils, civil society allies, the informal sector and other friends of workers and lovers of democracy to commence immediate mobilisation of their members; to commence an indefinite national strike and industrial actions from November 6, 2018, except government accepts and commences the process of perfecting the payment of its new minimum wage demand.
It also advised government to shelve its White Paper or risk being reported to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The NEC also resolved not to be bound by the latest White Paper by government against labour, describing it as an illegality and a throwback to the dark days of fascism which Organised Labour successfully confronted.
It added that the communique served as a formal notice to the Nigerian government that the NLC will commence an indefinite national strike from November 6, 2018 except government agrees and begins the process of implementing the payment of the new national minimum wage demand.