– The Senate president said that the country cannot stand stand such strike action
– Lawan asked the labour leaders to show understanding, adding that some states already started paying
Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday, July 3, begged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to stop its planned strike action on the delayed implementation of N30,000 minimum wage.
The Senate president said the country cannot bear such industrial strike action as he appealed to the leaders of the congress, The Nation reports.
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Lawan also apologized to the executives of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) during their visit.
Senate President Lawan asked the leaders of NLC and PASAN to show patriotism and understanding, saying some states have already commenced paying the new minimum wage.
He said: “We should not encourage personal issue to overshadow our collective responsibility to nation-building.
“We will journey with you to ensure absolute implementation of the minimum wage by the Federal government.”
Lawan also asked PASAN to work with the National Assembly and urged them to avoid strike action as a means of getting their demands.
He also assured them of pursing the growth of every sector in the nation and added that he would not be distracted in ensuring so.
PASAN chairman, Sunday Sabiyi also used the opportunity to table the demands of the staff of the National Assembly on the implementation of 28% arrears and 50% consolidate legislative salary.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the organised labour on Monday, July 1, alerted Nigerians of serious plans to embark on strike action if the current state of affairs with the N30,000 minimum wage is not resolved.
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The labour organisation wanted the federal government to ensure that the issue of consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month remains the same.
It was gathered that the organised labour were operating under the aegis of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), and eight unions in the public services of the federal and 36 state governments.
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