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Minimum Wage: NLC Shuts Down Taraba

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Taraba State, has on Wednesday blocked government activities in the state over the non-implementation of N30,000 minimum wage.

The union which had last week issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government at the expiration of the ultimatum on Wednesday, embarked on the indefinite strike, shutting down government activities.

Schools, hospitals, state secretariat and other government offices across the 16 local government areas were said to have been shut in compliance with the strike.

The State Commissioner for information and Re-orientation, Danjuma Adamu, directed that PUNCH should speak with the Head of Service, Suzy Nathan, whom he said, was saddled with the responsibility of negotiating with labour.

But when contacted, Nathan warned our correspondent not to jump into her schedule over the NLC strike.

“Are you supposed to just call me and ask me about the strike? Do you know my schedule,” Suzy asked as she angrily cut the call.

Meanwhile, information has it that the strike was suspended after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with labour for the implementation of the new minimum wage effective January 2020, while accumulated arrears would be paid in instalment before the end of January 2021.

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