Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of NLC (middle) During A Protest in Abuja, FCT Photo: Channels TV

NLC begins nationwide protests over government’s plan to re-classify Minimum Wage

*The Nigeria Labour Congress embarks on a nationwide protest, insisting the right of the Nigerian workers to enjoy the Minimum Wage is in line with the charter of the International Labour Organisation

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the Federal Government alleged attempt to reclassify the National Minimum Wage for the workers in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has staged a nationwide protest.

Coordinated from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, FCT, the NLC is said to be holding a countrywide protest Wednesday, March 10, 2021, because of reported attempts by some lawmakers at the National Assembly (NASS) to remove the Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List.

It was gathered that members of the Organised Labour from various members’ organisations arrived at the venue for the take-off of the protest in various states, most bearing placards with different inscriptions.

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, while addressing the workers at the Unity Fountain, in Abuja, stated that the right of Nigerian workers to enjoy the Minimum Wage which is in line with the International Labour Organisation.

Wabba described as shameful, the attempt by some State Governors and members of the National Assembly to shortchange the Nigerian workers.

The Bill being sponsored by Garba Datti Muhammad to amend the Minimum Wage law must be resisted, said the NLC Chief.

ConsumerConnect had reported the NLC contended that decision would grant the Federal Government autonomy to negotiate the National Minimum Wage for workers in the country.

Comrade Wabba, President of NLC, and Ismail Bello, Acting General Secretary of the Labour Union, in a joint communiqué signed by the duo after an emergency National Executive Council meeting Tuesday, March 2, in Abuja, FCT, had declared that the Congress would resist “any attempt to exterminate Nigeria’s working class.’’

The Federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives were said to have debated a bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the Exclusive to the Concurrent list.

According to the lawmakers, this is due to the inability of state governors to pay the N30,000 minimum wage for the move.

However, Wabba said such an amendment would leave the Nigerian workers at the mercies of the State Governors whom he says will be paying workers whatever the decision.

Rather than seek to reduce the salaries of civil servants, the salaries of political officers, including that of the legislators be reduced in the country, he said.

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