Strike: Saraki appeals to FG, Labour to consider Nigerians’ plight

OrderPaperToday- The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on the Federal Government and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)/Trade Union Congress (TUC) to put the interest of Nigerians in mind in order to avert the proposed workers’ strike.

This follows the gridlock of meetings between the duo over a review on the minimum wage of civil servants, currently pegged at N18,000.

The strike is expected to commence tomorrow.

In a statement released by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki urged the two sides to demonstrate sensitivity and concern for the plight of ordinary Nigerians who are already battling with the harsh economic conditions in the country.

He said: “My Appeal is for the two sides to immediately move fast, shift from their extreme positions and create a new middle ground in the negotiations for the new minimum wage. The shift in positions can be done even before the period of the commencement of the proposed strike action so that we do not further create tension within the economy.

“At this point, the interest of the people should be paramount in our minds. Any labour strike will cause inconvenience and discomfort to our people. While the government and labour are representing the interest of the people, it is important to also ensure we avoid any action that will not show sensitivity and sensibility to the plight of the people.”

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