Nasarawa Organised Labour Suspends Strike

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa, LabourThe Nasarawa State organised labour has suspended it’s over two months strike.

The strike was prompted by a salary cut implemented after a recommendation from a Salary Review Committee.

The suspension was disclosed to journalists by the Nigeria Labour Congress Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, at the Labour House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

According to Mr Adeka, with this suspension, workers are expected to resume work immediately pending when a consensus is reached between them and the government.

Alleged Murder: FG Urges NLC To Suspend Nationwide Protests

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie.

The Federal Government on Wednesday directed the labour unions to suspend all protests to allow for negotiations.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Sen. Chris Ngigie, at a meeting with labour leaders in Abuja said a meeting has been scheduled to hold next week to resolve the impasse.

Ahead of that meeting however, the Minister advised states to adhere to existing labour laws when dealing with issues that affect workers’ salaries and their working hours.

This is coming after protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) against salary cut and the death of their colleagues in Nasarawa State.

Though the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had asked the NLC and its affiliates to refrain from embarking on its planned protest in Nasarawa State, the National body of the NLC staged a nationwide protest over the alleged killing of their colleagues in Nasarawa by security personnel.

The protest saw labour members wear a black hand band to mourn the deceased workers who were killed on July 29.

TUC Issues Ajimobi 5-Day Ultimatum Over Unpaid Salaries, Pensions

Ajimobi, Oyo State, Unpaid Salaries, TUCThe Oyo State chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has issued a five day ultimatum to the state government to immediately offset a backlog of unpaid salaries, pensions and other arrears for 8 months.

Chairman of the TUC in Oyo State, Comrade Emelieze Andrew, issued this warning in Ibadan during a chat with journalists following the expiration of a grace period of 15 days.

The Union noted that the recent agreement between Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Oyo State Government is unacceptable, describing the alliance as unholy.

Comrade Emelieze further emphasized that the agreement to end the 7-week old strike was not a true reflection of the yearnings of the various unions involved in the struggle.

The TUC therefore stated that it would mobilise its people to begin an indefinite mass action if government remains adamant.

This 2nd ultimatum is coming barely a week after the NLC suspended a 7-week industrial action across the state over unpaid wages and related issues.

FG Inaugurates Committee To Look Into Lingering Labour Issues

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC Strike
Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, will Chair the 16-man committee.

The Federal Government has set up a 16-man Technical Committee to look into the grievances and other labour issues arising from the recent increase in the pump price of petrol.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ingige, who is also the Chairman of the Committee told journalists at the inauguration that the committee will take decisions over the issues of a new minimum wage and palliative measures of the federal government to cushion the effects of the pump price increase.

Members of the committee are drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and representatives of the federal government.

NLC Strike: Senate To Interface With FG, Labour Unions

Petroleum Industry BillThe Senate has directed its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the Federal Government and Labour Unions to find immediate solutions to the impasse between both sides.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) began a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest the Federal government’s new fuel price regime.

The Senate is, however, backing the Federal government’s introduction of the new fuel price regime.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, said the Senate had resolved to engage with the Federal Government to find out sustainable ways of improving the welfare of Nigerians.

The Deputy Senate President, who presided over plenary on Wednesday disclosed that the Senate reached the decision to meet with organized labour during a closed door meeting.

Sen. Ekweremadu said the Senate is interested in ensuring that Nigerians do not suffer hardship resulting from the strike.

Edo NLC Join National Strike Despite Government’s No Work, No Pay Threat

oshiomholeThe Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday said all member unions are fully committed to the compliance of a nationwide strike directive from the national body.

Chairman of the chapter, Comrade Emma Ademokun, stated this in his address during a rally organised by labour at the King’s Square in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as most private establishments in Edo State opted out of the industrial action.

Meanwhile, the Edo State government has directed workers in the state public service to shun the strike and stay at their duty posts, warning that any worker who shuns work under the guise of strike will forfeit his or her pay.

The government in a statement by the Head of Service, Mrs. Gladys Idahor said “all public schools and institutions are expected to remain open as school is in session.

The statement further said Heads of Departments and Parastatals are directed to keep records of workers’ attendance for further action.

It added that workers in Edo State Public Service should be aware that the current strike is “illegal” as the National Industrial Court had issued a restraining order on the strike.

Delta NLC Joins Protest, Shutdown Banks, Schools and Government Offices

NLC 3The Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s affiliate unions on Wednesday successfully shut down banks, schools, federal and state government ministries.

Vice Chairman of NLC in Delta State, Comrade Jonathan Jemineyiyae, who led placard carrying protesters from Cable Point through Nnebisi Road and Summit Road to Government House in Asaba, said the strike action was in line with position of the national body to force the federal government to reverse the increase in petroleum pump price to the old price.

As early as 07:00AM, the NLC officials had sealed up all federal and state government offices, including schools and some major banks operating in the state.

Protests against the federal government have been going on in several states despite the court injunction on the Nigerian Labour unions to suspend the intended strike action over the recent fuel hike.

The protests have taken place in Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Nasarawa and FCT among others, while it was business as usual in Kano and Rivers State .

Nasarawa NLC Complies With National Strike Directive

nasarawa-Al-makuraThe Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s affiliates on Wednesday complied with the directive of the national body to embark on a strike action.

This is following the decision by the federal government to increase the price of petrol.

Speaking to journalist at the Labour House in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, the NLC Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Adeka, said the intended internal strike action in the state has been resolved after reaching an agreement with the state government.

Meanwhile, the state Trade Union Congress (TUC) has refused to partake in the ongoing industrial action instructing members to go about their normal businesses.

NLC Protest In Abuja Against Hike In Fuel Price

Abuja-civil-servants-workers-strikeThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Mr Ayuba Waba were on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday to protest against the recent hike in the price of petrol.

The protest is also a fallout from the negotiation meetings between the workers union and the federal government which ended in deadlock as the leadership of the NLC under Mr Ayuba Waba walked out of the meeting.

The President of the NLC says the 145 naira pump price for petrol is outrageous and must be reviewed downward.

He is asking the government to address the corruption identified with the subsidy regime rather than increase the price of petrol.

Mr Waba said that “What used to be known as subsidy is a scam, instead of addressing the scam in 2012, it was pushed to the consumer “.

He noted that NLC has been in support on the fight against corruption and supported good governance, “which has demonstrated our commitment to the effect hat we will continue to respond to issues that are detrimental to the system”.

He called for the government to work on the inferences to work prefect to avoid Nigerians getting explored.

Labour Minister, Chris Ngige Condemns NLC Strike

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC StrikeNigeria’s Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, says that those who are on strike following the increase in petroleum pump price are at the risk of facing a fine of 100,000 Naira or six months in jail as prescribed by  Section 40 of the Labour laws.

He said this while answering questions from journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister wondered why the NLC did not abide by the constitutional provision of serving on government the initial 15 days’ notice before calling out the strike.

He said that but for the human face of the change administration those embarking on strike were taking a risk.

Also speaking, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Mallami, said that the federal government went to court to stop the NLC from going on strike to prevent what he called a possible breakdown of law and order and hardship on the generality of Nigerians.

According to them, it has become unconstitutional for Labour to call for a strike in the event of breakdown of negotiations and reconciliation process.

Dr. Ngige said that government engaged all the factions of the labour union as a show of concern to all the citizens of the country and because government wants peace.

NLC Strike: Normal Business Activities Witnessed In Kano, Rivers

NLC strike, Kano, Rivers, NLCWorkers in the commercial city of Kano have defied the directive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) by opening their offices and businesses.

At the Audu Bako Secretariat all offices were opened for work with market places booming with normal activities.

From Government ministries, to private establishments and market places, residents turned out in large numbers for their daily activities, practically boycotting NLC’s strike directive.

Motor parks and all filling stations in Kano also opened for business and schools also opened.

Our correspondent reports that the Kano State Police Command has also deployed unarmed officers to protect the lives and property of the citizens

Hundreds of policemen were deployed to all the exit and entry points of Kano State.

Although members of the Nigeria Labour Congress were nowhere to be found, unarmed policemen were also seen at the premises of Labour House in Kano.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police has said that so far there has been no report of any protest in Kano and that the deployment was to protect the lives and property of Nigerians resident in Kano.

Kano has remained peaceful with activities going on in a conducive atmosphere.

Life also appeared normal in Rivers State despite the strike called by a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Schools, hospitals, banks and many of the places visited showed no sign of the strike as many of the civil servants in the state secretariat turned up for work.

Some workers who spoke behind camera said that there was no clear cut order to embark on a strike that may jeopardise their pay.

The TUC Chairman in the state, Chika Onuegbu, told Channels Television that the strike in the state was a failed project.

Oyo Govt. To Pay Salaries With Federal Allocation

Oyo LabourOyo State government and the labour union have reached a mutually acceptable agreement over unpaid salaries of workers.

Both parties arrived at a satisfactory decision after three days of meetings and consultations between various arms of government and Labour.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State chapter, Waheed Olojede, made the disclosure after the meeting.

Mr Olojede said that the government has agreed that all its Federal Allocation would hereafter be devoted to payment of workers’ salaries.

Regretting the information gap that led to the seven-day ultimatum issued by labour, he hinted that the meeting resolved that a joint revenue mobilisation committee of labour and government would begin to drive, monitor and share any increase in Oyo State’s Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) between workers and government.

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had earlier described the ultimatum as illegal and that any strike would be met with a stiff penalty of ‘no work no pay’, insisting that Labour was aware of the fact on ground.

He had also secured a two-year suspension for debt relief in order to jack up Federal Allocation to the state, maintaining that workers should re-commit to devising ways of not just improving IGR but doing so significantly and consistently.