By Jessica Dogo
The Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) said it would join the proposed strike by the National Labour Congress (NLC) and the organized labour on Nov. 6, 2018.
The MHWUN, however directed its members to shutdown operations in their various working places by midnight on Monday Nov. 5, 2018 and proceed on the indefinite strike.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the NLC had announced commencement of strike on Tuesday Nov.6 after the government refused to accept the N30,000 minimum wage proposal from the National body of the Workers’ Union.
Addressing journalists on Monday in Abuja, the National President, MHWUN, Comrade Biobelemoye Josiah said the government should be held responsible for any hardship that may occur as a result of the strike.
“You may recall our National Body, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the organised labour have called on all workers in Nigeria to gear up for an indefinite nationwide strike which will commence Mid-night today.
“This is as a result of the failure to implement the constitutional requirement of the upward review of the national minimum wage which is long over due,” he said.
Josiah explained that the tripartite agreement which arrived at the N30,000.00 minimum wage increment has been jettisoned by the government, adding that there is will on to review and implement the legitimate demands of the Nigerian workers.
He, however, called on all health workers nation-wide to remain resolute and be committed to the effective and orderly implementation of the strike except the government has a change of heart before then.
“It’s very obvious that the N18,000.00 National Minimum wage is no longer feasible and it is a trivialisation of a living wage.
“Therefore we call on the government to increase the minimum wage to N30,000 which is a compromise figure agreed by the government and labour
“We also call on the Nigerian workers to stand firm and be resolute in the struggle until success is achieved”, he added. (NAN)