Monday, 5 November 2018

Tripartite Meeting: Labour Shuns Discussions, insist Strike Takes Effect Tomorrow




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A Face saving measure of finding a lasting solution to the minimum wage disagreements  between the federal government and the organised labour met with another brick wall yesterday as labour leaders refuse to show-up other than insisting on going to strike which it said must take effect from tomorrow

Urban express news online learnt that the organised labour would also not be renegotiating the N30,000 figure but would rather push for the submission of the tripartite committee’s report to President Muhammadu Buhari for onward transmission to the National Assembly for legislative action.


Sources also confided in urban express news online that the organised private sector aligns itself with the position of the labour movement on the need for Buhari to officially receive the report and transmit the same to the Assembly.
Meanwhile, labour chapters nationwide have begun putting finishing touches to their mobilization for the strike.
Workers’ unions in the aviation industry said they would embark on the industrial action. The unions also demanded full compliance from members tomorrow, with a view to grounding flight services nationwide. The unions, in a joint statement by Comrade Frances Akinjole of the Air Traffic Senior Services Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Comrade Ocheme Aba of the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), Comrade Temenu Akinola Assistant Secretary General of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Comrade Abdul Rasaq Saidu of the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP), said the strike would be indefinite.
In an earlier statement, national president of NUATE, Ben Nnabue, insisted the action is “due to the inability of the Federal Government to agree on the new national minimum wage.” He added: “All flights operating in and out of Nigerian airports shall be affected by this industrial action.”
There could be a scarcity of petroleum products beginning tomorrow if unions in the oil sector back the plan. General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Adamu Song, in a phone interview, said the union would support the strike, as long as the United Labour Congress (ULC), to which it belongs, also supports it.

Asked if there would be fuel in circulation during the period, however, Song said: “We just returned (from a meeting on PIGB in London). We are pressed
with so much of what is happening. You know, there are factors and there is a court action. 

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