Industrial court stops labour from embarking on strike over minimum wage

Industrial court stops labour from embarking on strike over minimum wage

Chris Steven, Abuja

The National industrial court has ordered the organised labour not to go ahead with the nationwide strike scheduled for November 6.

Ruling on Friday, Sanusi Kado, a judge at the Industrial court, said that the planned strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) will cause huge economic loss to the nation.

Kado ruled on an ex parte application filed by the Ministry of Justice, urging the court to halt the industrial action.

The unions had threatened the strike action, following disagreement with the federal government over the minimum wage for workers.

The unions went on strike in September but suspended the industrial action after talks with government.

While labour demanded an upward review of the minimum wage from N18,000, the federal government proposed N24,000 while the state governments suggested N22,500.

The labour insisted it would not accept anything below N30,000, the state governors said they had no capacity to pay such.

The two labour centres have put their members on standby to commence an indefinite nationwide strike on November 6, if government failed to meet up with their demands