Labour Issue Final 7-Day Ultimatum to Governor Otti Over Unpaid Wages

The organised Labour in Abia State has given Governor Alex Otti a seven-day ultimatum to address the non-payment of the N30,000 minimum wage and the N35,000 palliative wage award approved by the federal government for state workers. 

The ultimatum, issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), threatens an indefinite strike if the demands are not met within a week.

 The labour unions emphasized that they would not engage in further communication with the state government before initiating the strike.

In a letter signed by NLC State Chairman Okoro Ogbonnaya and TUC State Chairman Enogwe Ihechi, the unions expressed their frustration over the lack of dialogue or resolution from the government following a previous 14-day ultimatum that expired without progress. 

The decision to issue the final ultimatum was made during a general meeting held on Monday, July 8, 2024.

The letter addressed to Governor Otti stated, “Arising from the general meeting of Labour in the state on Monday, 8th July, 2024, to consider that the 14-day ultimatum has elapsed, it was noticed that the government has not deemed it necessary to dialogue with Labour nor provide solutions to the demands of workers.

“In line with the national directives on non-compliance of the Abia state government, on the payment of the former N30,000 minimum wage and the N35,000 palliative wage award as approved by the federal government since October 2023, the organised labour hereby issues this final seven-day ultimatum with effect from the day of receipt of this letter and states unequivocally that at the expiration of this ultimatum on Sunday, there shall be no further communication to the state government.

 Rather, the entire workforce of Abia state will proceed on indefinite strike action beginning from Monday, 15th July 2024.”

The labour unions stressed the urgency of the matter and warned that failure to comply with their demands would result in a complete shutdown of state services starting next Monday.

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