The organized labour has expressed their dissatisfaction with the slow progress in implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they signed with the Federal Government to prevent a nationwide strike.
State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have warned that if the MoU is not fully implemented by the October 30 deadline, they might be left with no choice but to stage a strike. They have already begun the process of mobilizing their members across the country.
According to NLC, news learnt that the Head of Information and Public Affairs at the NLC, Benson Upah, When asked about their level of contentment with the MoU’s implementation, responded negatively, stating, “No, we are not satisfied.The government could be more efficient and expedite the process. We released a statement a few days ago in which we expressed our dissatisfaction with the Minister of Labour and Employment.”
it would be recalled that On October 1, the national leadership of the NLC and TUC reached an agreement with the Federal Government to provide a N35,000 wage to all federal workers, starting from September, until a new national minimum wage is formally established.
The agreement specified that the wage increase would be in effect for six months, and states were encouraged to extend the same benefit to their employees.
Initially, the unions had threatened to commence a nationwide strike on October 3.
However, they opted to postpone it on the condition that the wage increase, cash transfer, and other resolutions must be put into action within 30 days from the date the MoU was signed.
Regrettably, despite the MoU containing 15 demands, the government has only implemented a few of them.
The union leaders are now suggesting that if both the federal and state governments fail to adhere to the terms of the agreement with organized labor, they may have no option but to declare an industrial action after the October 30 deadline.