A meeting between the federal government and Nigeria’s organised labour unions failed to hold back the indefinite warning strike called by the unions.
As a result of the deadlock, the workers said the strike will start at 12:01 a.m on Thursday as scheduled.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba, declared a total strike at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mr Wabba said the strike will be total and comprehensive.
“In compliance with this mandate, all workers and private sector at all levels across the country have been directed to comply.
“All public and private institutions, offices, banks, schools, public and private business premises including filling station are to remain shut till further noticed,” he said.
After the declaration, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Wednesday afternoon called a meeting with the union leaders.
But the outcome was that the two sides will meet again on October 4, with organised labour announcing after the meeting the schedule for the warning strike stands.
“We just had a meeting where the Minister of Labour, Ngige tried to update us. This is the first meeting and he tried to update us on what they are trying to do. The briefing needs to be communicated to our membership,” Mr Wabba said.
According to him, “our demand is that the tripartite negotiating council should be called back to conclude its assignment on minimum wage.”
The National Minimum Wage Committee was inaugurated November 2017 but commenced work March this year and drew timelines to deliver a new national minimum wage by August/ September.
Mr Ngige had in February at the 40th anniversary celebration of the NLC, assured workers they would have a new minimum wage by September.
The workers are demanding between N50,000 and 65,000 as the new minimum wage. The current national minimum wage is N18,000.
After the meeting with the federal government on Wednesday, the deputy President of United Labour Congress(ULC), Achese Igwe, stressed that the strike will begin Wednesday midnight.
Mr Igwe said that the meeting called by the minister was to brief the organised labour on the update of the Federal Government activities as it concern the new national minimum wage.
“I want to say that our demand still stands until government comply,’’ he said