Indefinite Strike Looms In Abia Over Unpaid Minimum Wage

Indefinite Strike Looms In Abia Over Unpaid Minimum Wage
Indefinite Strike Looms In Abia Over Unpaid Minimum Wage

In a move that may cripple the state’s economy, workers in Abia State have vowed to embark on an indefinite strike beginning July 15, 2024, over the non-payment of the N30,000 minimum wage and N35,000 palliative award.

The organized labour unions, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have issued a final ultimatum to the state government, exhausting all avenues for negotiation.

The workers, frustrated by the government’s lack of commitment to their demands, have aligned their decision with the national directive on non-compliance. Despite Governor Alex Otti’s promise to pay the new wages after the federal government’s negotiation with organized labour, the workers are demanding immediate action.

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The seven-day ultimatum, effective from July 8, 2024, is the final countdown for the state government to meet the workers’ demands. Failure to do so will lead to a full-scale strike, paralyzing the state’s economy and social services.

The labour unions have accused the state government of ignoring their 14-day ultimatum, which expired without any meaningful engagement. With their patience worn thin, the workers are resolute in their determination to fight for their rights.

As the clock ticks towards the July 15 deadline, the people of Abia State brace themselves for the impending strike, hoping for a swift resolution to the impasse. Will the state government relent and meet the workers’ demands, or will the strike lead to a prolonged showdown? Only time will tell.

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