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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday
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Judicial workers to begin strike Monday

Staff of the Federal High Court across the country have announced plans of engaging in a two-week strike from Monday September 28, 2020.   The judicial workers under the aegies of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) revealed that they are engaging in the strike in line with the industrial action planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the increased prices of electricity and petroleum products.   The notice read;   “Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020. “All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply...
NLC Rejects Hike In Petrol Price, Electricity Tariff As Protest Looms
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NLC Rejects Hike In Petrol Price, Electricity Tariff As Protest Looms

There may be demonstration nationwide as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday rejected the hike in prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol and electricity tariff. Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC while rejecting the increase yesterday said his organisation has began consulting state organs on the next line of action. While the price of petrol was increased to N162 yesterday, electricity tariff which doubled more than twice was enforced nationwide on Tuesday. Several groups including the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the increase, calling on the All Progressive Congress (APC) led administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari to backtrack on its decision. “It is like Nigerians are being taken for a ride,” Mr Wabba to...
Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Ban NURTW In Lagos If They Fail To Conduct Themselves
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Sanwo-Olu Threatens To Ban NURTW In Lagos If They Fail To Conduct Themselves

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has threatened to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) if the members do not conduct themselves well. The governor said this yesterday on a television programme, where he maintained that his administration was committed to delivering his Greater Lagos vision. Sanwo-olu said, “The NURTW is a national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC). It is a registered trade union.“Like other unions, they are under the supervision of the state government. We regulate and supervise them. They would be proscribed if they don’t conduct themselves well.” He said his administration had recorded a lot of achievements in the last 196 days in the area of security, adding that he would stay up late monitoring the security situa...
New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour
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New Minimum Wage: Details Of New Adjustment Formula Agreed By FG, Labour

The Federal Government has finally reached an agreement on the adjustment formula for the implementation of the new minimum wage. The agreement reached late Thursday night was made known by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment. This is after several attempts by the negotiating parties failed to bear yield fruits, six months after President Muhammadu Buhari gave his assent to the N30,000 new minimum wage. “After some delicate negotiations (with both Ministers as conciliators) Government & Labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustments of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are now working on the communique,” Keyamo tweeted Thursday night. Mr Keyamo provided further infor...
NLC Tells Workers To Prepare For Indefinite Strike
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NLC Tells Workers To Prepare For Indefinite Strike

Workers in the country has been directed to get ready for an indefinite industrial action expected to begin October 16. The directive is from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella body of the work force. The federal government and the organised labour failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustments for the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage more than six months after it was signed into law. The workforce body is demanding a 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17. The government on its part, proposed an 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17....
FG Has Started Paying N30,000 Minimum Wage – Ngige
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FG Has Started Paying N30,000 Minimum Wage – Ngige

Nigeria Minister for Labour and Productivity. Dr. Chris Ngige said that junior workers in the employment of the Federal Government have started receiving the N30,000 minimum wage, Igberetv reports. Ngige, who spoke in Enugu, this weekend said the payment to levels 1 to 6 commenced last month. His claim was corroborated by the National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) and a member of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council Mr. Lawrence Amaechi. According to Amaechi, the junior workers received the new wage as their August salary. The minister dismissed the claim by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that the Federal Government was reluctant to pay the new minimum wage, which was signed into law in April by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister s...
My Neighbour And I Are Considering Suing NLC For Blocking My House – Ngige
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My Neighbour And I Are Considering Suing NLC For Blocking My House – Ngige

Chris Ngige, whose house was blocked by members of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, during a protest, has disclosed that he is considering suing the organized labour group with his neighbour.Speaking with State House correspondents on Thursday, May 9, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the minister said that blocking his house was an infringement on his fundamental human rights and that of his household, as they were all traumatized. Ngige who denied an alleged attack on NLC members at his house, further revealed that they arrived at his resident at 4:30 am in the morning. He further said that when security operatives accosted them, they discovered that it was the president of the NLC himself that came physically with two tankers, one laden with petrol and one half-full. The minist...
What Workers Should Do To Those Refusing To Pay 30k Minimum Wage – Shehu Sani
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What Workers Should Do To Those Refusing To Pay 30k Minimum Wage – Shehu Sani

As the world celebrates workers across the global, Nigerian workers have been advised on what action they need to take against those who refused to implement the new minimum wage in the country. The work-force of the country led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had last year demanded for an increase in their wage. After series of meetings with officials of the Federal Government, the body settled down for a N12,000 increase from the previously paid N18,000, pegging the new wage at N30,000. State governors kicked against the agreed amount proposing to pay N22,500. Their proposal was rejected by the NLC who threatened further show down with the governors. The governors later suggested downsizing workers in their various state to be able to pay the new wage, again the wor...
VAT Hike Will Impoverish Nigerians – Take It Back Movement
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VAT Hike Will Impoverish Nigerians – Take It Back Movement

The Take it Back Movement seizes this medium to state its outright rejection of the government's proposition to issue a 50% increase on the Value Added Tax (VAT) on commodities, an increase from 5% to 7.5%. We deem it to be thoughtless, cruel and worthy of total condemnation by all who seek to see a Nigeria that works for all and not for a privileged few. The TakeitBack Movement is battle prepared to join the hungry and angry Nigerian people in resisting this renewed attempt at subjecting the Nigerian people to a new depth of abject poverty. Last year, the Nigerian Labour Congress embarked on numerous protests and strike actions to press for minimum wage to be increased to 30 thousand naira. After denying the average Nigerian of a wage increase for many years, the Buhari-led gove...
PDP Yet To Explain The Irresponsible Expenditure Of 1999 To 2014 — Buhari
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PDP Yet To Explain The Irresponsible Expenditure Of 1999 To 2014 — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Peoples Democratic Party has yet to explain the “irresponsible expenditure” that took place between 1999 and 2014. He said the main opposition party still has questions to answer on how it spent the oil money that accrued to the country within that period. He spoke in Abuja when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress on a visit to congratulate him on his re-election. The NLC was led by the National President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba. “PDP has not successfully explained to the country what they did with the money,” he told the NLC leadership; adding, “There were no roads, no rail, no power. They said they spent $16bn on power, but where is the power? “The irresponsible expenditure of that period has not been explain...
Minimum Wage: FG Secures Court Order To Stop Labour Strike
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Minimum Wage: FG Secures Court Order To Stop Labour Strike

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria yesterday ordered the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to embark on their planned indefinite strike scheduled to commence on November 6. The court headed by Justice Sanusi Kado gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application brought before it on behalf of the federal government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and permanent secretary in Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata. The judge said the order of interim injunction became necessary due to the urgency of the matter and the need to protect the overall interest of the public. Accordingly, he fixed November 8 as return date in the case and warned the governors of the 36 states of the federation, joined in the suit as 3rd defendant ...
Minimum Wage: Pay Workers Their Demand, Shehu Sani Tells Governors
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Minimum Wage: Pay Workers Their Demand, Shehu Sani Tells Governors

Shehu Sani, Senator representing Kaduna Central at the Senate, has urged State Governors to pay workers the amount they are demanding as new minimum wage. Mr Sani gave the advise on Wednesday while reacting to reports of what the governors are willing pay as the new minimum wage. State governors rising from an emergency meeting on Tuesday proposed to pay N22,500 as against the currently paid N18,000. The proposal of the governors is below the N30,000 amount the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella body of workers in the country, are demanding. They had threatened to embark on a nationwide industrial action if the government failed to agree to their demand on or before November 6. While advising the governors to heed to the demand of the NLC, the lawmaker said the...
Breaking: 36 State Governors Settle For N22,500 As New Minimum Wage
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Breaking: 36 State Governors Settle For N22,500 As New Minimum Wage

The governors of the 36 states of Nigeria have agreed to pay N22,500 as the new minimum wage to workers. The new minimum wage was agreed upon at a three-hour meeting all the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had in Abuja today Tuesday October 30th. The minimum wage currently stands at N18, 500. The Nigerian Labour Congress is however demanding that the Minimum wage be increased to N30, 000. More details later!
”N30k Minimum Wage Not Feasible Even If Public Office Holders Sacrifice Their Pay” – Femi Adesina
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”N30k Minimum Wage Not Feasible Even If Public Office Holders Sacrifice Their Pay” – Femi Adesina

Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says the N30, 000 minimum wage the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC is clamouring for at the moment, is not feasible even if all public office holders are asked to contribute their monthly income for this purpose.   Adesina who was a guest on Channels TV today to speak on national issues, was asked to speak on the lingering faceoff between the Federal government and NLC over an increase in minimum wage. He said it is unfortunate that some state governors cannot pay the N18, 000 minimum wage at the moment and so asking them to pay N 30, 000 as minimum wage is quite ridiculous. “So if they can’t pay N18,000 and labour is asking for N30,000 and they refuse to come lower, there may be a st...
New Minimum Wage: Employee Can’t Fix Figure For Employer – FG Tells Labour
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New Minimum Wage: Employee Can’t Fix Figure For Employer – FG Tells Labour

The Federal Government (FG), has stated that the Nigerian Labour Congress cannot fix a figure to be paid for Federal Government as Minimum wage. Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, who said this when the new Director-General of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, Timothy Olawale, visited his office on Friday in Abuja, called on Organised Labour to accept the new minimum wage proposal, considering the capacity and ability of the government and the private sector to pay. Recall that the Labour Minister before now, said that the Federal Government had offered to pay N24, 000 to the workers. However the labour leaders who were threatening to call out workers for full strike over the minimum wage issue countered his claims, saying that N30, 000 was the amount agreed on ...
Payporte Staff Not Paid Salary In Months – Pension And Tax Not Remitted In Years
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Payporte Staff Not Paid Salary In Months – Pension And Tax Not Remitted In Years

Some months ago, January to be precise, a certain Twitter account, made claims about PayPorte, one of the most popular e-Commerce Companies in Nigeria owing months of salaries. Many felt this was a rumour, because there was no identity to the person and the account, but we are here to tell you it was no rumour. It was the truth. We are the Ex PayPorte Staff and we are seeking justice. Real people who will reveal ourselves in due time. We are a group of former employees who have had enough! We hereby bring to the notice of the Labour union, FIRS, PENCOM, Media and general public the injustice and inhumane treatment going on at PAYPORTE GLOBAL SYSYEMS, owned by Eyo Bassey Francis official sponsors of the Big Brother Naija show. For months we have been working without pay! Requests for sal...
Nigerian Govt To Implement New National Minimum Wage In Third Quarter Of 2018
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Nigerian Govt To Implement New National Minimum Wage In Third Quarter Of 2018

A new national minimum wage will be implemented from the third quarter of 2018, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said. He disclosed this at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Abuja on Monday. According to the minister, “Well, we all know the economic situation of the country as of today. The negotiation committee has members from all the tripartite bodies, which means the government cannot force its way. “The committee has received memoranda from all the critical stakeholders and should begin the implementation of a new minimum wage in the third quarter of this year.” Earlier in the month, the NLC made a request to the tripartite committee on minimum wage to increase the wage to N56,000 for the least paid worker. Also, t...
We’re Deploying 8, 000 Personnel To Stop Kaduna NLC Protest — Police
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We’re Deploying 8, 000 Personnel To Stop Kaduna NLC Protest — Police

The police have deployed 8, 000 personnel across Kaduna metropolis ahead of the protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the sack of 36,000 civil servants by Gov Nasir El-Rufa’i. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that heavily armed security personnel were stationed at the NLC headquarters along Independence Way and strategic areas of the metropolis while others were patrolling the town. The police and other security personnel were also stationed along major streets in the city including Kaduna-Kachia road, Kaduna-Zaria highway and Kaduna-Abuja expressway. Most streets were empty with minimal vehicular movement due to the high presence of security personnel within the town, with few commercial vehicles plying the roads. The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, is expecte...
Hoodlums Hijack Rice Sent To Kogi Workers By National Assembly
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Hoodlums Hijack Rice Sent To Kogi Workers By National Assembly

Hoodlums yet to be identified have vandalised the first consignment of 220 bags of rice sent to Kogi State by members of the National Assembly for workers. A statement signed Vice Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, Kogi State Chapter, Comrade Meliga Obaka, made available to newsmen in  Lokoja on Friday (yesterday) condemned in totality the attitude of the hoodlums that vandalised the consignment. The union also debunked claims that Union leaders were part of the agreement for the payment of percentage salaries to the state and local government workers . Obaka said,  “The first consignment of 220 bags of rice was still in the truck that brought it to Lokoja at the old market when hoodlums invaded the area and looted the rice.” He described the occurrence as very unfortunate and calle...
Striking Labour Meets Governor Samuel Ortom Over Workers Salary, Others
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Striking Labour Meets Governor Samuel Ortom Over Workers Salary, Others

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has stressed the need for the organised labour to partner with the stat government to chat a way forward for resolving the ongoing workers’ indefinite strike in the state. Governor Ortom stated this, on Monday, during a meeting with national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, in Makurdi. While maintaining that no member of his cabinet had been sleeping since the impasse between Labour and state government arising from non payment of workers’ salary began, the governor said whatever conflict or misunderstanding there might be, could only be resolved through dialogue. His words,”Wha...
Ebonyi NLC Chief Counsel Cublic On Govt-Labour Relationship
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Ebonyi NLC Chief Counsel Cublic On Govt-Labour Relationship

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ebonyi has decried public understanding that organised labour should always be at logger head with the government. The state NLC Chairman, Mr Leonard Nkah, told newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday that many people erroneously believed that labour leaders should always be at logger head with the government. According to public perception, “any labour leader who commends a performing government has comprised to the detriment of workers. “These categories of persons feel that a labour leader should not commend any government that equitably discharges its duties to the people. “They believe that a labour leader should always be in struggle with or against the government in demanding for workers’ better living conditions, which, however, does not end...
We Have No Issues With NLC – Kogi Govt
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We Have No Issues With NLC – Kogi Govt

The Kogi State Government has said it had no disagreement with the Nigerian Labour Congress, saying any attempt to drag the name of the state in the mud will fail. Addressing newsmen in Lokoja at the end of the State Executive Council Meeting, the Director General on Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said Labour should continue to work on “verifiable facts rather than negative propaganda.” He said, “I don’t know where NLC got its information that we misappropriated our bail out and Paris Refund. But even before their unfounded allegations, the State Government had published details of the utilization of the said funds in national dailies and the official website of the state. “The people of Kogi State know that corruption has no place under the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bel...
Fed Govt Kicks As Oil, Electricity Workers Begin Strike
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Fed Govt Kicks As Oil, Electricity Workers Begin Strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Sunday said loading of products, including aviation fuel, would stop from today as affiliates of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, begin an indefinite strike. Also, electricity workers, on the platform of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, NAAPE, and National Union of Railway Workers, have also asked members to down tools and join the strike. However, leaders of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Employees, NUBIFIE, said members may not effectively join the strike today because the union just concluded its delegates conference weekend, warning, however, that members would fully join should the strike persist. But the Nigerian La...
Sultan Wants Hate Speech, Fake News Criminalised
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Sultan Wants Hate Speech, Fake News Criminalised

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, said on Thursday that the traditional institution was in support of the recent move by the Federal Government to criminalise hate speech and fake news. The Sultan, who stated this in Abuja at the Annual Lecture Series and 25th Anniversary of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, added that hate speech should be declared as terrorism offence. He said that the traditional institution was in support of the recent declaration by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as Acting President that “none will be allowed to get away with making speeches that can cause sedition or that can cause violence’’. The monarch said that the phenomenon of hate speech and fake news had reached an alarming state and decisive action should be taken by the governm...
Sagay Seeks Punishment For SANs Frustrating Grand Corruption Cases
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Sagay Seeks Punishment For SANs Frustrating Grand Corruption Cases

Sagay said such punishment for SANs must include denial of right of appearance in such high profile and grand corruption cases. The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has advocated “stiff punishment for counsel, particularly Senior Advocates, who have turned obstruction and frustration of proceedings on high-profile corruption cases into an art”. Sagay said such punishment for SANs must include denial of right of appearance in such high profile and grand corruption cases. Sagay said this on Wednesday at the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project’s latest media roundtable, titled: “Strategies and Approaches for the Successful Completion and Effective Prosecution of Abandoned and Unresolved High Profile Cases of Corrup...
Paris Club Refund: Benue NLC Laments Meagre Payment
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Paris Club Refund: Benue NLC Laments Meagre Payment

As the second tranche of the Paris Club fund is released, the Benue State chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), led by Godwin Anyan, has lamented the “little amount that accrued to the state from the refund.” With the second tranche release of N6.4billion to the state, it stated that “hardly could the state pay a month salary, because both the state and local government wage bill oscillated between N7.3 billion and N7.8 billion.” It was learnt that immediately the money was released to the government, the acting governor, Benson Abounu, held a meeting with labour leaders, where he notified them of the N6.4 billion received. The meeting, according to a source, was on how the money would be disbursed to ease the burden of workers. It was gathered that the union leaders, who ...
Two Labour Leaders, Pregnant Woman Kidnapped In Rivers
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Two Labour Leaders, Pregnant Woman Kidnapped In Rivers

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Monday abducted Carols Tam Tolufari and Mrs Ibim Oposunju, the chairman and secretary of Rivers State chapter Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, along Elele-Isiokpo road in Ikwerre local government area of Rivers State. The two union executives were kidnapped along with a pregnant woman whose identity has not been disclosed on their way back to Port Harcourt from Abuja. The state Chairperson of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Mrs Beatrice Ituboh, who disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday appealed to the abductors of the union leaders to release them unconditionally because their victims are mere civil servants who do not have money to pay ransom. Mrs Beatrice Ituboh said the two Union leaders were abducted on Monday evening and since then, no...