- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to address the lingering issue on the new national minimum wage
- The union urged the president to forward an executive bill to the National Assembly to legalise the recommendation of the tripartite committee
- The NLC president dismissed claims that the implementation of the new national minimum wage would lead to inflation in Nigeria
President Buhari has been urged by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to take urgent steps to address the lingering issue on the new national minimum wage by immediately forwarding an executive bill to the National Assembly to legalise the recommendation of the tripartite Committee.
According to The Nation, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC president, said Nigerian workers were running out of patience with the government over the delay and we’re getting more and more agitated.
Two weeks ago, the national minimum wage tripartite committee put in place by the president to review the current minimum wage had presented its report recommending N30,000 as the national minimum wage, but the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said they can’t pay the figure presented by the committee.
Comrade Wabba speaking at the 2018 Harmattan School of the Congress in Abuja, said workers are running out of patience on the implementation of the new wage.
He described as unfortunate the position being taken by some governors who are saying they can’t pay the N30,000, but are spending billions of dollars in the name of security votes which they can’t account for.
The NLC president dismissed claims that the implementation of the new national minimum wage would lead to inflation in the country, adding that when salaries of political office holders was increased by 800 percent in 2008, it did not cause inflation, and wander why just N30,000 for workers can cause inflation.
In a previous report by Legit.ng, a labour leader, Joe Ajaero, said that labour has resolved to fight for the new minimum wage even after the upcoming general election, saying that there would be no retreat or surrender until workers received the wage.
Ajaero, who is the president of the United Labour Congress (ULC) made the statement when he spoke at a public forum on labour in Lagos on Thursday, November 22.
He stated that a tripartite committee had considered the ability of government to pay the sum before the committee agreed on the sum.
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