More Than 30 Unions Has Joined Labour's Indefinite Strike

Several labor unions have ceased operations in adherence to the mandate issued by the two labor unions to initiate an indefinite nationwide strike.

The organized labor declared on Friday their commencement of an indefinite nationwide strike due to the Federal Government's refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage from N60,000.

As per the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Joe Ajaero, the strike will kick off at midnight on Sunday, June 2, 2024.

In a joint statement by Ajaero and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Festus Osifo, they conveyed their deep concerns and disappointment regarding the Federal Government's failure to finalize and enact a new National Minimum Wage Act. They also demanded the reversal of the electricity tariff increase to N65/kWh.

Both unions had set a May 31, 2024, ultimatum for negotiations on the new minimum wage.

However, discussions between organized labor and the Federal Government collapsed on Tuesday after both sides presented their proposals.

The government increased its initial offer from N57,000 to N60,000, which was rejected by labor during the meeting.

During negotiations, labor reduced their demand from the previous N497,000 proposal to N494,000.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities instructed lecturers nationwide to join the strike as an affiliate of the congress.

Aviation unions directed their members to suspend services across Nigerian airports.

The unions include the National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.

These unions decided during an emergency meeting held on Sunday.

List of unions that have joined the strike:

1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities.

2. Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria.

3. The National Union of Electricity Employees.

4. National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees.

5. Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.

6. Joint Union Action Committee.

7. The Nigeria Union of Teachers.

8. National Associations of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.

9. Joint Health Sector Unions.

10. Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees.

11. National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers.

12. National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

13. Nigeria Union of Railway Workers.

14. Nigeria Civil Service Union.

15. Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

16. Academic Staff Union of Colleges of Agriculture.

17. Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities.

18. Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government-Owned Companies.

19. Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

20. Nigerian Union of Journalists.

21. Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnic.

22. National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees.

23. Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees.

24. Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

25. National Union of Air Transport Employees.

26. Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria.

27. National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers.

28. National Union of Postal and Telecommunication Employees.

29. Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

30. Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions.

31. The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

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