Nigerian Labour Congress [NLC] has announced
plans to begin a three day warning strike
next week Wednesday to protest the non
passage of the national minimum wage bill.
The union leaders who announced the
industrial strike at a news conference in
Abuja said that the strike would be total
and affect every segment of the economy.
The labour union has directed all workers in
the public service and the private sector to
observe the three days as work free days.
The Electricity Workers Union has directed
its members in the Power Holding Company of
Nigeria [PHCN] to join the strike.
The three day warning strike which is to
commence on Wednesday November 10 to Friday
12 November is the fall out of a long
negotiation between the union and the
government over the agreed minimum wage of
The joint government/labour/employer
negotiating team chaired by Retired Chief
Justice Alfa Belgore which finished its work
in April 2010, drafted a new minimum wage
bill to reflect the agreement, but since the
new minimum wage was agreed, the federal
government has not given legal backing to
The union said that it will not be satisfied
with the executive forwarding the bill to
the National Assembly, but federal lawmakers
must demonstrate commitment to pass it into
The leadership of the NLC said that its
sister union, the trade union congress has
agreed to join the nation -wide strike.