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Court orders NLC, TUC to stop planned strike over new minimum wage impasse

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Ahead of November 6 planned strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has ordered the workers union not to embark on its indefinite strike.

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Recall that the organised labour had threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over their demands for the national minimum wage to be increased from the current N18,000 to N30,000.

But, Justice Sanusi Kado, on Friday, ruled that if the strike was allowed, it would lead to huge economic loss to both public and private institutions and could jeopardise the health of many Nigerians, who would not be able to access health facilities during the period.

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Mr Kado premised his ruling based on an ex parte application moved by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata.

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the last meeting of the tripartite minimum wage negotiation committee had ended in deadlock after the Federal Government insisted that it could only afford to pay N25,000.

Governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, had held on to N22,500 and the labour has insisted on N30,000.

Justice Kado adjourned the matter till November 8 for hearing of the motion.

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