Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Mixed Reactions As Nigeria Labour Suspends Strike Action!






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Many Nigerians that has been monitoring the trends of events between the organized labour and federal government over their decision making process through its tripartite committee on how minimum wage payment of thirty thousand is reached and where government position on the matter became slight apart from organised labour's  position "that it can only pay twenty-four thousand, a decision that left organised labour with no option than embarking on a  nationwide strike in other to press home its demand which eventually led to them suspending the impending strike action has been trailed with mixed reaction coming from Nigerians


While the Nigeria labour congress demand notice ended last night, the president of the Nigeria labour congress comrade Ayuba Wabba had announced the suspension of the strike following the agreement reached eventually with the tripartite committee and the secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha  in a  protracted negotiation between the government and the workers’ representatives that  saved the day, leading to the suspension of a nationwide strike that would have begun at midnight today. At 10.30 p.m, even though there were unconfirmed reports that airport workers union had already announced stoppage of international flights.
 The last minute's decision Led by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba, the organized Labour had insisted on N30,000 minimum wage workers in the country as against government’s N24,000.
But Ayuba last night announced a suspension of the proposed action after the workers got what looked like a concession from the government team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha. Although Wabba could not
divulge the agreed amount, he said the work of the tripartite committee had been concluded and that the report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari at 4.15 pm today (Tuesday).
Asked to disclose the amount agreed upon by the tripartite committee, Wabba said: “The figure will be released when we submit the report tomorrow (today).
 Meanwhile, the mix reaction that follows, as a result, was that many Nigerians were caught up in panic buying as they anticipated the industrial action by the orgainised labour.
A visit to some filling stations in the Lagos metropolis showed many motorists to buy fuel were also filled with customers making last-minute transactions, while automated teller machines were long queues essentially in the heart of Ikeja especially for those  having a residence within mainland environment .
One motorist, Bamidele Olukoya, who spoke to urban express news online, said he bought enough fuel to last a week. Reminded that the move could be dangerous, he replied: “I kept the gallons in my backyard.”
At Alimosho , residents swooped on markets to purchase food and other essential items. At Bola Tinubu market, a civil servant, Kazeem oladele , told our correspondent that he was ready for the strike, as she had stocked up enough food.
The organised labour yesterday held a prolonged meeting at Mustapha’s office. But as at 10:00 p.m., there had been no consensus on the contentious N30,000 minimum wage demanded by the workers’ unions. At a point, the governor of Kebbi State, Bagudu Abubakar, who was the sole governor that attended the meeting, stormed out at exactly 7.42 p.m., declining to speak to reporters.
Our correspondent learnt that the orgainised labour insisted on obtaining a definite date for the submission of the report to President Buhari before suspending the strike.

Mustapha explained that the president had closed for the day and had gone home. He added that the president might likely come down-stairs later in the evening.

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