ORGANIZED LABOUR IN NIGERIA

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Communique Issued by the Joint CWC of All Registered Trade Unions in Nigeria At the End of Its Meeting on 2nd November 2018 at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State

 

Protocols

1. PREAMBLE

A Joint meeting of the Central Working Committees (CWCs) of all registered trade unions in Nigeria met on November 2, 2018 at the Lagos Airport Hotel. The consolidated CWC comprises of the Presidents and General Secretaries of every 

registered trade union in Nigeria.

The Joint CWC received briefings from the leadership of organized labour in Nigeria on what transpired at the concluded National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiating Committee. 

2. CONSIDERATIONS

a) The Joint CWC of Organized Labour in Nigeria considered the recent mischief by government in an attempt to impeach the outcome of the concluded new national minimum wage negotiation. Organized Labour wishes to maintain and reiterate its unwavering stand by the fact of the successful conclusion of negotiations by the National Minimum Wage 

Tripartite Negotiating Committee at its meeting of 5th October, 2018 of N30,000 as the agreed New National Minimum Wage;

b) Organized Labour reiterates that our acceptance of N30,000 as the agreed new national wage is borne out of a sense of patriotism and an attitude of give-and-take especially as the spirit of tripartism espouses;

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c) The Joint CWC states its disappointment and disillusionment with the prevarications of government to pay the agreed new national minimum 

wage. The meeting also condemns in very strong terms recent attempt by government to deploy subterfuge, blackmail and strong-arm tactics especially by way of frivolous resort to the use of the judiciary to cow workers into submission and as a basis for a clamp down on labour leaders. Relying on our rich tradition as a resilient movement that relies on the inexhaustible reserves of justice, equity and goodwill of the Nigerian people, we assure the government that attempts to muscle workers to accept modern day slavery has failed woefully on arrival. 

3. RESOLUTIONS

a. The Joint CWC of Organized Labour DEMANDS that the Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiating Committee should submit the report of the already concluded National Minimum Wage negotiations to Mr. President for transmission to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law;

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b. The Joint CWC ENDORSED earlier decisions to commence an indefinite national strike and industrial actions from November 6, 2018 except government accepts and commences the process of implementation of the 2018 New National Minimum Wage Report as agreed by the tripartite 

partners on October 5, 2018;

c. In lieu of this, the Joint CWC DIRECTS all affiliate unions, state councils, civil society allies, the informal sector and other friends of workers and lovers of democracy to commence immediate mobilization of their members for a total shut down of the country from 6th November 2018;

d. The Joint CWC advises Nigerians to start stocking food and other necessities of life as workers will ensure a total shutdown of the country;

e. The Joint CWC similarly condemns Government for its design/plan to clamp down on Labour via selective and erroneous invocation of the ‘no work, no pay” clause in the Trade Disputes Act, noting that the right to strike is both a 

human and trade union right and cannot be abridged as it is what distinguishes a worker from a slave; there is nothing new about this clause as it has been in our statutes for over forty years;

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f. Finally, the Joint CWC urges every worker in Nigeria and our allies in the civil society to remain steadfast and unwavering in our collective quest for justice for ourselves and for the masses of our people. Organized Labour will not be cowed or deterred from fighting for our rights by any frivolous and mischievous court action and processes. 

In line with our resolve to ensure total compliance with the nationwide strike action, the Joint CWC also directs that the strike action of November 6th, 2018 should be complemented by daily picketing by workers all over the country.

Furthermore, we call on the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to resist mounting pressure to recant their stand on the N30,000 agreed new minimum wage. We believe that the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), a reputable body that represents organized employers, will always stand by the truth. Solidarity Forever!

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni

Comrade Bala Bobboi Kaigama

Comrade Joe Ajaero

2nd November, 2018




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