New minimum wage: University workers warn Nigerian govt ahead of nationwide strike

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, has asked the federal government to implement the new minimum wage or face workers’ wrath.

The warning followed the declaration by the Nigeria Labour Congress ((NLC) that nationwide strike will commence September 26.

SSANU in a communiqué after its 34th National Executive Council, NEC, meeting at the Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, accused the government of not being sincere with the negotiation team.

The communiqué was signed by SSANU National President, Samson Ugwoke and National Public Relations Officer, Abdussobur Salaa.

It reads: “NEC in session noted that the negotiations on the new national minimum wage are becoming unnecessarily protracted.

“NEC observed that the Federal Government appears not to be sincere about the negotiations and that the decision of the Federal Government side, to postpone the meeting of the Committee sine die, on the grounds of further consultations, is flimsy.

“SSANU, therefore, joins the Nigeria Labour Congress to call on the Federal Government to face the serious business of reviewing the national minimum wage lest it incurs the wrath of the Nigerian workers and their millions of dependents who have been long suffering and patient.

“Nigerian workers should not be pushed to the wall, as the implication of this could have dire consequences on governance.”

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