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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

We will shut down Nigeria - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)



















“There is no going back on the strike. We are going to shut down everything, including the airspace. What can stop the strike is if President Goodluck Jonathan immediately sends the draft bill on the minimum wage agreement to the National Assembly to be passed into a law.” - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said, as it vowed to shut down the country with effect from 12 midnight on Tuesday.

Trade Union Congress and NLC want the minimum wage to go from - 7, 500 to  N18, 000 and have threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike starting from today.

What our president had to say about the minimum wage when you continue...
“I know that even if you leave the minimum wage at N18,000, there will still be increase along the line, the Federal Government will still effect it. If we are able to move from N7,500 to N17,000, the difference of 1,800 should not result to labour issues or strike. So, we are engaging labour now to work out the issues. If it was salary increase, I don’t think we will be discussing this matter but this is minimum wage, because it is minimum wage, it has to pass through all the sections of government as specified by law. It must go to the National Assembly because the law must be made and the minimum wage does not affect only government employees and that is what Nigerians should know, this is because the private sector is also involved.” - President Goodluck Jonathan.

14 Comments:

  • At 9 November 2010 at 11:31 , Anonymous Ms. J said...

    when has the NLC's actions have anything with the private sector?

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 12:09 , Anonymous Fran said...

    I don't blame them oh! Inflation keeps on rising and minimum wage is 7,500!!! Our leaders are ridiculous! How much was it that they want to increase past presidents (thieves) salaries again?!

    I thought our president was more intelligent than that statement he made - of course we all know that minimum wage is for both private and public sector!!! Dude - you amaze me!

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 13:57 , Blogger 2cute4u said...

    NlC's strike is pretty silly. They are not realistic..
    They should have gone through the basics and the necessary negotiations, putting the economy at a standstill isn't going to get them what they want..
    We are not in France please and even if we had same situation, government should have been given ample notice..

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 14:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    aahhh abeg even airspace ke?? linda pls hw serious is dis issue... i plan on coming to naija this christmas so hope this wnt be a probelm...avnt seen my family in yrs...president beta do sumtin abt it

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 14:39 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The minimum wage I pay my staff is N35,000 and on time as well!. So why cant the govt follow suit as well as those greedy private sector employers.
    I am a private sector employer.

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 14:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It needs to go through all levels. What are they discussing for so long that they wont just pass it. Abi, they are establishing "committees" to look into the bill and other committees to look into the process of moving the bill from one level to the other. Pschewww

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 16:20 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ...Linda sucks this days...dunno! She Ji-Hardly publish my comments these days..why...Linda..why...dont make me be angry with you! If u dont like my comments then stop posting anything on ur blog again..!! Be a civilian plzzzzz..!!!

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 16:43 , Anonymous Surprise said...

    When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 18:04 , Blogger Tunmama said...

    i can't belive this! what is 18,000naira for minimum wage?? NLC is not even serious..if you eant to fight for something, fight right! den govt is still sayin 17,000.. dis is jus bullshit! the monthly minimum wage in france as of july 2010 is €1,343.77...so what are we chattin?? rabbish!

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 19:54 , Blogger Dlapikin said...

    How can they just want it to be doubled overnight?
    a lot of businesses are going to be shut down or would have to downsize... they could draft a plan to increase it overtime up to the suitable amount but to double it or shut down the country is very irresponsible I think...

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 21:00 , Anonymous Teaser said...

    2011 is around the corner and they are already using excuses to create unrest and destabilise the country. Surely their actions amounts to treason. There's going to be a mini recession by late January 2011. This is the time for cutbacks and not the time to be talking about pay increases of any sort. This Trade Union Congress and NLC and their paymasters should give it a rest. Their so-called strike is politically motivated. They should not hold 9ja hostage for their selfish interests. Time like this, I wish Abacha was still in power and overdose with them the attention they seek :)

     
  • At 9 November 2010 at 23:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    minimum wage in Nigerian is utter rubbish, and asking for 18 thousand is still not enough but it's a step in the right direction, law makers make ridiculous amount of money in the guise of salary and enjoy nonsense allowance.

    This money is there, it should be shared evenly, no wonder there are no passionate civil servants in Nigeria ready to put in extra effort on the job.

    fight for your 18 thousand and ask for birthday and vacation allowance after all they have those in Aso rock

     
  • At 10 November 2010 at 14:36 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    18,000 naira is not a living wage. for crying out loud. I agree the NLC should be making better demands.

    Like a BBM broadcast I got today says: Nigeria declares production of an average of 2.5 million barrels a day. We produce at the lowest rate of $70 a barrel. This brings us to $175 million daily. Let's convert that to naira ($175 million x 150) we have 26.25 billion naira daily. That means in a month Nigeria earns 7.9 trillion naira. We have a population of approximately 150 million people. So let's distribute this money (7.9 trillion naira/ 150 million people) = 527,000 monthly per person. And this is just oil revenue. Nigerians are begging for minimum wage to be increased to 18,000 naira. Ignorance is a disease, let's all wake up

     
  • At 24 December 2010 at 07:12 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey great post. Thought I'm not sure I agree with you 100%. Keep em coming. Are you interested in having anyone guest post opposing views?

     

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