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Minimum Wage: NLC shuts down offices, schools in Asaba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Delta chapter, has started to shut offices and schools in Asaba ahead of the planned strike over delay to implement the new minimum wage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports on Wednesday that the NLC members were seen patrolling Asaba in a marked Hiace mini-bus, closing government offices and turning back school children.
Recall that the national body of the NLC had threatened to go on strike from Thursday if the Federal Government fails to meet its demand on the consequential adjustment.
Before the meetings, labour was demanding 29 per cent increase for officers at grade levels 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers at grade levels 15 to 17.
While the Federal Government proposed an 11 per cent increase for officers at grade level 07 to 14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers at grade level 15 to 17.
It is unclear why the NLC in Delta State had decided to begin an industrial action; a Tuesday meeting between the labour hierarchy and government officials was adjourned till 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Goodluck Ofuburuku, NLC State chairman confirmed to NAN on phone that labour was on strike in the state.
“We are on strike and that is all I can tell you for now. We expect offices and schools to comply.
“The strike is in force that is why we are going round to enforce compliance,” Mr Ofoburuku said.
NAN reports that most government offices and schools within Asaba metropolis were closed as at Wednesday morning.
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