In a joint statement on Friday, the National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture, and Wood Workers (NUCECFWW) and the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA) announced a three-day warning strike commencing on Feb. 5.
The decision, made during a collaborative National Executive Council meeting on Jan. 25, was prompted by employers’ reluctance to enforce a wage award agreed upon by the Federal Government and organized labor.
The statement emphasized the unions’ determination to press for their demands, stating, “The Joint NEC of both unions has directed all members to proceed on a three-day warning strike starting from Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the first instance to press home our demand. Consequent upon the above, all members across the board are advised to ensure total compliance.”
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, had previously appealed to construction workers to suspend their planned strike and proposed a reconciliation meeting between the workers and their employers. However, the construction workers did not send representatives to the minister’s reconciliation meeting.
High Chief Vincent Barrah, president of the Construction and Civil Engineering Employers Association of Nigeria, clarified that the wage award was intended for federal government employees.