NLC Stages Nationwide Protest over Minimum Wage
Written by MaryGift Sunday on March 10, 2021
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday staged a nationwide protest over proposed amendments to the minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
This protest which is being coordinated from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, is said to be holding following attempts by some lawmakers at the National Assembly to remove the Minimum Wage from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List.
Members of the organised labour from various member organisations arrived at the venue for the take-off of the protest in various states, most bearing placards with different inscriptions.
The National President of Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, while addressing the workers at the Unity Fountain in Abuja stated that the right of Nigerian workers to is enjoy the minimum wage, which is in line with the International Labour Organisation.
He described as shameful, the attempt by some State Governors and members of the National Assembly to short-change the workers.
Wabba says the Bill being sponsored by Garba Datti Muhammad ( APC: Kaduna) to amend the minimum wage law must be resisted.
According to him, such an amendment will leave the Nigerian workers at the mercies of State governors whom he says will be paying workers whatever they decide.
The NLC Chairman says rather than seek to reduce the salaries of civil servants, the salaries of political officers including that of the legislators should be cut down.