Labour bows to pressure, suspends nationwide strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday suspended the nationwide warning strike it declared to protest the refusal of the Federal Government to conclude negotiations on the proposed review of a new minimum wage. The organised labour had, last Wednesday, directed workers in both the public and private sectors to embark on an indefinite strike after the 14-day ultimatum it gave to the government to reconvene the Tripartite Committee on the New Minimum Wage elapsed. The strike, which took effect last Thursday, witnessed partial compliance in the 36 states of the…

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Labour strike: Banks, schools, govt offices, courts, N’Assembly shut

  Leaders of organised labour, yesterday, made good their threats to call out Nigerian workers over Federal Government’s failure to fulfill its promise of implementing the new minimum wage in the third quarter of this year. Banking and other economic activities were grounded across the country as the unions chased away workers, shut banks, schools, courts and government offices across the country. In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of other courts were also prevented from conducting the day’s business. The union leaders had,…

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Resident doctors shelve planned strike

…issue FG one-month ultimatum   The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has put its planned nationwide strike on hold, giving the Federal Government one month to implement all outstanding agreements. This was contained in a communiqué released to newsmen at the end of the association’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting yesterday in Abuja, signed by the President of NARD, Dr. Ugochukwu Chinaka; the Secretary General, Dr. Osinachukwu Nnadi, and the Publicity and Social Secretary, Dr. Ugochukwu Eze. NARD expressed optimism that within the next one month, the Federal Government…

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Resident doctors threaten to embark on strike

Less than 72 hours after members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) suspended its 45-day-old strike, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) yesterday threatened to down tools, unless their demands were met. The strike notice, however, emerged as controversies yesterday trailed the suspension of the JOHESU strike by its members across the country. The President of NARD, Dr. Ogochukwu Chinaka, who noted that the 21-day grace it issued, at the expiration of an earlier 30- day ultimatum handed over to the Federal Government to resolve all lingering issues…

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JOHESU suspends strike, directs members to resume work

Health workers under the auspices of Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, have agreed to suspend its ongoing strike with a view to giving room for further negotiations on how to amicably address its challenges. National President of the Union, Com. Biobelemoye Josiah, who made this known in a communiqué issued yesterday in Abuja, said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union, took the decision to suspend its sixweek- old strike after fruitful deliberations with the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki. While expressing disappointment in Federal Government’s consistent insincerity and…

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Patients groan as workers’ strike paralyses hospitals

Teaching hospitals, medical centres discharge patients   One month after health workers, under the auspices of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), embarked on an indefinite strike to drive home its demands for improved welfare and other issues, health care provisions at the federal health facilities and some state hospitals have been grounded. Investigations by New Telegraph showed that federal and state hospitals that have joined the strike were in Lagos, Niger, Imo, Niger, Kebbi, Owerri, Kano, Bayelsa, Plateau, among others. Yesterday, the 761-bed Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), which…

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JUST IN: SSANU, NAAT, NASU suspend 3 months strike

The Non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian universities made up of three main unions have suspended their nationwide strike, embarked by the aggrieved workers since December 4, 2017. The Unions operating under the Joint Action Committee, JAC comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Academic of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT). Announcing suspension of the strike at a press briefing held on Wednesday after signing a memorandum addressing the grievances by the affected Unions in Abuja, the JAC national chairman of the three unions,…

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Varsities’ strike: Lamentations as students recount ordeal

Unions threaten to stop preparation of salary vouchers   Stakeholders: FG’s silence dangerous for system   STRIKE:  Students are recounting their losses over the three month industrial action by the non-teaching staff unions in the universities, while the workers are blaming the Federal Government for failure to resolve the crisis.     After three months, stakeholders are worried over the Federal Government’s grave silence on the ongoing indefinite nationwide strike by three non-academic staff unions of universities.   The unions- the Senior Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff…

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Strike: ‘We exhausted all avenues for dialogue’

Health workers, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu chapter, have said that there will be no going back on the strike embarked upon by the workers except all arrears of salaries are paid. Speaking in Enugu, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals and Secretary Trade Union Congress, TUC, Enugu State chapter, Ben Asogwa, said they exhausted all avenues for dialogue with the management to no avail. He said they had no choice than embark on the action, which has grounded activities…

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Strike: Checkmating port workers’ threat

The drastic lull at the gateway to Nigeria’s economy would have taken a toll early this week save for the quick intervention by the Federal Government, which reached a compromise with maritime workers to sheathe their swords. Sunday Ojeme and REGINA OTOKPA report   The nation’s economy almost veered into another round of complication early in the week following the threat of an industrial action by seaport workers under the aegis of Maritime Workers union of Nigeria (MWUN). Having realised the damage it would have done to an already suffering…

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