The Nigerian Labour Congress is on a collision with the federal government over a major dispute involving the minimum wage for workers. The strike has gained support among sections of the working class in the oil-producing West African state., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Imo workers to begin strike today
On May 30, 2012
By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—BARRING last minute suspension, Imo State workers will today commence an indefinite industrial action over unresolved industrial dispute with the state government.
The threat was contained in a statement by the State Public Service Negotiating Council, SPSNC, Trade Union Side, signed by the State Chairmen of Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, and Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Coleman Okwara and Dr. Reginald Anyadike respectively and four others.
The circular read: “Labour has observed with dismay and consternation that government, in its usual disposition, has reneged by refusing to sign the agreement jointly reached with labour.”
The labour leaders argued that “this singular act portends high level of distrust, deceit and neglect to the principle of collective bargaining.”
They directed that “from the foregoing, workers under the Imo State Government employment are hereby called to sit at home from Wednesday, May 30, 2012”.
Vanguard gathered that the directive would subsist “pending when government shows enough seriousness, commitment and respect for the collective bargaining process earlier reached with it.”