THE leadership of organised labour in Nigeria have stated that they were not going back on workers’ demand for a national minimum wage in federal, state and private sectors of the economy.
Labour reiterated their stand in their nationwide protest march yesterday, against a bill seeking to remove minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list in Nigeria.
Addressing workers as leader of the rally staged by workers in National Assembly Complex and other parts of Abuja, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba vowed that there was no going back in organised Labour’s opposition of the bill.
Wabba also said that NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had mandate of affiliate unions to declare a nationwide strike if the issue is not addressed by governments.
According to him, the bill is not only dirty bill but also an attempt to keep workers in continous penury.
Similarly, Anambra Chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Medical and Health Workers Union and Coalition of Civil Societies yesterday, joined the nationwide protest that was declared by national leadership of the NLC to stop National Assembly from removing the minimum wage from exclusive list to concurrent list.
Chairman of the NLC in Anambra State, Jerry Nnubia, in his address at the premises of the Anambra State House of Assembly, said the decision was in line with the directive from the national headquarters of the union to fight for their right.
Also, Nigeria Labour Congress in Ebonyi State said removing the National Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List was tantamount to declaring war on Nigerian workers.
A labour leader in the state, Ikechukwu Nwafor, stated this yesterday, in Abakaliki, during a press conference organised in line with the directive of the national leadership of NLC.
But Director General of Progressives Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, has described the nationwide labour protest as unnecessary.
He stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja yesterday.
According to Lukman, street protest will have no effect on plans by the National Assembly to consider the bill seeking to decentralise the minimum wage structure.