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New minimum wage: NLC issues four-day ultimatum, to begin strike Oct 17

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Workers in Nigeria might embark on an industrial action on Thursday if the federal government does not accept demands for adjustment of salaries based on the new minimum wage.

The union on Sunday gave a four-day ultimatum to the Federal Government, also urging the state councils to prepare for dispute.

To douse the brewing tension and avert the strike, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has called for a meeting between NLC and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council tomorrow.

Also, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, has appealed to workers to shelve the proposed strike.

He cautioned workers against uncritically confusing minimum wage increment with general wage review.

Labour is demanding twenty nine per cent salary increase for officers on grade level seven to fourteen and twenty four per cent adjustment for officers on grade level fifteen to seventeen.

This is against the Federal Government’s offer of eleven per cent for officers on grade level seven to fourteen and six point five per cent for workers of grade level fifteen to seventeen.

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