Nigerian workers are no longer comfortable with seeming delay in the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30, 000 even when it has been signed into law. Enugu Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe, stated this while answering questions from journalists in Enugu yesterday that workers were ready for the strike to press home their demands. Speaking on the backdrop of the deadlocked negotiation over the appropriate incremental chart for Grade levels 7 to 17 between the organised labour and the government, Igbokwe said that the union leaders were mobilising their members for a possible showdown should another negotiation fail come 16th October, 2019.
He said: “We are preparing. We just got a letter from the national leadership of our union to start mobilising, that is, if at the close of work on October 16 and government did not meet up labour’s demand, we shall call workers out for strike.“If these things are not done by the close of work on 16th, then we wait for further directive from our leadership on what to do. “I can assure you now that every state has commenced mobilisation. Workers are angry and tired. You cannot be probating and reprobating.
You cannot come out and say I’ll pay and tomorrow you come out and say, I’ll not pay. You cannot be talking with both sides if the mouth because it is embarrassing and workers are getting tired because a promise has been made and we have waited and waited and nothing has happened and it is beginning to look as if they are doing a macabre dance and we don’t understand it.”