Minimum Wage Strike: Police Arrest Enugu Labour Leader

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A front-line labour leader in Enugu state, Mr. Osmond Ugwu, was this morning arrested by the police in connection with the ongoing workers’ strike in the state over non payment of the N18,000 minimum wage.

The arrest was carried out by the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Dan Azumi Doma along three others at a gathering of the workers at the state secretariat, Enugu.

The workers have been resisting Osmond’s arrest since yesterday when the three-day warning strike ought to have ended but did not.

The workers were irked by government’s refusal to negotiate with them over what they called the “evil chart” issued on the payment of the minimum wage with effect from I August.

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Government in a press statement had maintained a posture of ‘no work, no pay’ against the striking workers, arguing it cannot pay the N18,000 wage bill. But the workers insisted otherwise.

As at the time of filling this report, tension was high in the state and workers keeping vigil and anticipating the release of their leader.

—Jude Orji/Enugu

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