Buhari To End Incessant Workers’ Strikes

Mhammadu Buhari, Nigeria President on Workers StrikePresident Muhammadu Buhari has declared his administration’s commitment to boosting national productivity, by among other things, taking all necessary actions to end incessant strikes by workers in vital sectors of the Nigerian Economy.

At a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Labour, President Buhari said that he was particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in Nigeria’s health sector which had contributed to the fall in the standard of health services available.

The President further directed the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Illoh and Directors in the Ministry to liaise with other stakeholders and quickly work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the national economy.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Dr. Illoh and his staff to make an input to the ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons.

Dr. Illoh had earlier attributed some of the recurrent strikes in Nigeria to the inclination of some government officials to enter into agreements with financial implications without carrying the ministries of finance and labour along.

He said that the Ministry of Labour had introduced a code of conduct for government negotiators, barring them from entering into agreements with financial implications without the consent of the President.

Workers’ Strike May End This Week – Ajimobi

ajimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has indicated that an ongoing dialogue between the government and Labour may not extend beyond this week as a mutually acceptable solution has been found to address the issues at stake.

In a chat with Channels Television in his office, Governor Ajimobi expressed optimism that the dialogue has generated a lot of goodwill and understanding between the government and representatives of Labour Union.

Admitting that resuming his second term without a workforce has put a strain on smooth running of government, Ajimobi added that options had been provided by government for Labour to find a way of ameliorating the ongoing glitch in the systemic run of governance caused by the strike.

Some of the aides of the Governor also confirmed that the strike has paralysed the engine room of government but hope for quick resolution.

In some schools visited, teachers were seen but no learning was taking place.

Some members of the public have also appealed to both the government and Labour to find an amicable solution as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, discussions continue between the Oyo State Government and Labour on ways of achieving a lasting solution, especially with Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) templates to boost government’s income.

Zamfara workers begin strike over minimum wage

Workers in Zamfara on Friday began an indefinite strike to demand full implementation of the new national minimum wage by the State Government.

The Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari

The strike was in response to a directive from the state’s branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), directing the workers to stay at home from Friday, until further notice.

In a radio announcement by the state’s NLC Chairman, Abdullahi Modomawa, the union asked all its members to stay at home “because the State Government has failed us and we have not reached an agreement.”

The strike followed the failure of the State Government’s negotiators and officials of labour to agree on details of the minimum wage.

The workers have insisted that all allowances accruing to workers should be settled, including weighing allowances for media practitioners.

However, the government said that if it would pay the N18, 000 minimum wage, the workers would forfeit all other allowances.

In a swift reaction, the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, said that he will not hesitate to sack any worker who fails to return to work on Monday.

“I will not beg the workers to return to work and I will not hesitate to stop the salary of any of them who fails to return to his duty post by Monday,” the governor said.

“If there is anyone on the State Government’s pay-roll collecting less than the N18, 000, such worker should come forward and say so; no one can compel me to pay beyond that,” he said.

Mr Yari said since his administration stated implementing the N18, 000 minimum wage, the amount spent monthly on salary had risen from N838 million to N1.33 billion.