Nigeria unions to strike July 20-22 over minimum wage

July 13, 2011 13:05

ABUJA - Nigeria's main labor unions said they will begin a three-day strike on July 20 after the government and private sector failed to implement a minimum wage law signed by President Goodluck Jonathan earlier this year.

Jonathan signed the bill passed by parliament more than three months ago more than doubling the monthly minimum wage to 18,000 naira ($120) from 7,500 naira but the unions say government departments and private employers have failed to raise pay.

"We are compelled to take this decision because we have come to the simple conclusion that governments at all levels in this country are not willing and are not ready to pay the new national minimum wage," Omar Abdulwahee, president of the National Labor Congress (NLC) said in a statement.

The union said this warning strike would be followed by indefinite action unless there was a full implementation of the minimum wage. They rejected an offer by the government to raise the pay of some employees within set pay bands.

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