Medical workers pledge support for NLC nationwide strike

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The Medical and Health Workers Union in Nigeria has pledged its support for the ongoing warning strike declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC.

The National President of Medical and Health Workers Union, Dr. B Biobelemoye .Josiah, said while briefing newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday.

Dr. Josiah directed members of the Medical and Health Workers Union to join the nationwide warning strike, which commenced on 27th September, until they receive directives from the leadership of organised labour.

He also called for the immediate resumption of the meeting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee in order to conclude their work for enhanced minimum wage Nigerian workers.

“As the organised labour in conjunction with the civil society alliance commence warning strike to protest the refusal of the Federal Government to order the immediate resumption of the meeting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee in order for them to conclude their work, we at the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, wish to register our unalloyed support to the Nigerian Labour Congress.”

Dr. Josiah explained that the National Minimum Wage, a constitutional matter, is supposed to be reviewed after every five years, but it was last reviewed in 2011.

“The National Minimum Wage which is constitutional matter under the Labour Act 2004 set the standard for the minimum amount of naira a worker in Nigeria is supposed to earn.

“In 2011, the National Minimum Wage Act of 2011 set the minimum wage to eighteen thousand naira per month.

“The National Minimum Wage is supposed to be reviewed after five every years, but from 2004 when it was reviewed to 2011 when it was last reviewed was seven years.”