May Day: NLC tasks Ayade on release of kidnapped Chairman

May 1, 2021 Editor 0

The organised Labour in Cross River state has charged Governor Ben Ayade and the security operatives in the state to ensure the immediate release of the Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, who was kidnapped on March 21, 2021 and a ransom tag of N150 million put on his head by his abductors. They made the demand in Calabar, Read More

May Day: Prioritise security, workers welfare, NAAT tells FG

May 1, 2021 Moses John 0

The National President of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has urged the federal government to give priority to welfare of workers as well as the rising security situation in the country. President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, in his May Day message to the workers said this year’s celebration was very important to Nigeria workers as it reflect on Read More

Buhari endorses national minimum wage in pension payment

April 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has granted approval indicating an increase in payment of pension to pensioners under the pension scheme arising from increment in the minimum wage. The acting chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, confirmed this on Friday in Calabar while briefing newsmen on the development. Nta said the increment in the payment of the pension, Read More

Nigerian unions and their strikes

April 25, 2021 Usman Abdullahi Koli 0

It is worrisome for a country like Nigeria, my fatherland, since independence up till today, there are more sectors lagging behind, than the ones growing and even the growing ones are the only profit gain sectors benefited by small group of dignitaries who see Nigeria as their personal property. Education is the backbone of every developed society; America and co Read More

Minimum pension: FEPPPAN wades in, urges pensioners against protest

April 23, 2021 Moses John 0

The Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN), Thursday, urged her members not to protest against non- implementation of minimum pension. The association while reiterating its call for President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily intervene and ensure that pensions adjustment for pensioners be implemented without further delay in order to forestall imminent actions by the senior citizens, FEPPPAN Read More

Minimum wage: FCT teachers threaten to resume strike May 2

April 21, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Teachers of primary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) have threatened to resume strike if their minimum wage is not paid on or before 30th of April, 2021 by the FCT Administration. Chairman of the NUT wing in the FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, stated this while speaking with Blueprint Read More

Drama as NASS staff protest unpaid salary arrears

April 14, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

     Members of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) Tuesday staged a protest rally over alleged unpaid salary arrears.  They accused the Clerk to the National Assembly, Arc Olatunde Ojo, of failure to pay their salary arrears dating back to 2019, implement Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), minimum wage, duty tour allowances (DTA), lack of training and conditions Read More

Labour suspends 3-day warning strike in Kano

April 9, 2021 Bashir Mohammed 0

The organised labour has suspended its 3-day warning strike scheduled to commence Thursday in Kano over the planned deduction of workers’ salary for the month of March by the state government. NLC deputy national president, Comrade Najeem Yasin, announced this Wednesday night at a joint news conference with other labour movement and affiliates in Kano after a meeting with the Read More

Rising cost of living alarms Abuja residents

March 17, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Abuja residents have expressed worry over the astronomical rise in the cost of living in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at a time they expect a drop in the price of goods and services. Although some people blamed the rising cost of living on the recent minimum wage and fuel pump increase, others think it is as a result of Read More

Minimum wage bill: We’re ready for nationwide protests, Labour tells Reps

Nigeria’s organised labour has insisted that the House of Representatives should forget about the bill seeking to remove the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive legislative list, to the concurrent list of the 1999 Constitution.  The bill, initiated in the House, had already passed second reading, even as the organised labour insisted it won’t fly. “Our prayer goes to the Read More

Enugu Assembly steps down ex governors’ pensions bill

March 16, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

Inundated by public outcry, the Enugu State House of Assembly Tuesday stepped down the proposed new pension bill for former governors and their deputies. The bill which generated a lot of controversies was stepped down following a motion by the Leader of the House, Rt. Hon Ikechukwu Ezugwu who was alleged to have sponsored the bill. In his motion to Read More

Reps want NASS mgt. to pay aides outstanding benefits

March 16, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has urged the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), to immediately pay members’ legislative aides the 28 days allowances, and other pending benefits. The call was contained in the report of the Hon. Olawale Tasir Raji-led House Services Committee, which had investigated the non-payment of salaries and allowances of Legislative Aides, including their statutory 28 days entitlement. Read More

Judiciary workers threaten strike, give 21-day ultimatum

March 15, 2021 Moses John 0

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Sunday handed down a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to commence implementation of financial autonomy of the judiciary in line with the constitution and other extant laws. A communique issued at the end the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of JUSUN in Abuja said the union warned that failure to obey the Read More

Minimum wage: APC chieftain advocates NLAC revival, alleges distortions

March 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and director-general, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has urged the revival of the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) to address challenges of negotiation between Labour leaders, employers and the government. The PGF boss said such a model was used around 2005 for instance to resolve the challenge of amending pension law. Read More

Minimum wage: APC chieftain advocates revival of NLAC, alleges distortions

March 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has called for the revival National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) to address challenges of negotiation between Labour leaders, employers and the government. The PGF boss said such model was used around 2005 for instance to resolve the challenge of amending pension law. Read More

Minimum wage removal from exclusive list’ll destroy economy – TUC

March 11, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Chairman of Oyo state Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran, Wednesday warned that the planned removal of minimum wage from the exclusive list to concurrent list would destroy Nigeria’s economy. Comrade Ogundiran handed down the warning in Ibadan while briefing newsmen on the Oyo state version of the nationwide protest against the planned removal of minimum wage. The TUC Read More

Hollow protests

March 11, 2021 Dan Agbese 0

Organised labour has a duty to protect the interests of workers, be they members of the various labour and trade unions or not. We are all bound together in a capitalist economy in which employers would rather pay slave wages than living wages. Successive labour leaders, from our acknowledged labour leader number one, the late Chief Michael Imoudu, to the Read More

NLC in needless protest, govt won’t negotiate with dancers on streets – PGF boss

March 10, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

NLC in needless protest, govt won’t negotiate with dancers on streets – PGF boss By Bode Olagoke Abuja A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, said the protest embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was needless, adding that no government will negotiate with the union by dancing Read More

Coalition condemns bill to enable states determine minimum wage

March 8, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Coalition of Nigeria Youth Associations (CNYA) has condemned a sponsored bill by the House of Representatives empowering state governments to decide minimum wage for their civil servants and local government workers. National coordinator of the Coalition, Comrade Nuhu Sani Lere, who stated this in a statement in Kaduna Monday said: “The most unfortunate and disappointing bill sponsored by a member Read More

Minimum wage: Get screened before minimum wage payment, FCT minister begs teachers

February 3, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Muhammad Musa Bello has begged the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to allow screening of all Local Education Authority (L.E.A) teachers across the territory before the commencement of the minimum wage and payment of arrears. Bello, represented by the FCTA director of human resources Mohammed Bashar at the meeting of the Read More

How COVID-19 impacts on Kano economy

January 28, 2021 Muhammad Garba 0

In my last piece on this column, I reckoned how COVID-19 pandemic impacted negatively on the economy of Kano state due to the sharp fall in statutory allocation from the federation account. However, I come to terms with the reality of the situation when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje painted a gloomier picture of the state of affairs during his interaction Read More

Finance Bill 2020 and minimum wage earners

November 26, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

As the newly initiated Finance Bill 2020 undergoes legislative processes, President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, said minimum wage earners would not be affected by its provisions. Specifically, the president said the Finance Bill 2020 has, in its provisions, the plan to exempt minimum wage earners from the payment of Personal Income Tax (PIT). Represented virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Read More

Breaking: Organised Labour suspends strike over electricity, fuel price increase… See details

September 28, 2020 John Moses 0

After hours of meeting with the federal government, organised Labour has suspended proposed strike for two weeks. The meeting by both parties which started around 8pm on Sunday lasted for six hours. Blueprint Correspondent reports that the decision to suspend strike and nationwide protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress as from Monday September 28, 2020 was Read More