Falana to workers: Take on governors who resist 30,000 minimum wage

Falana to workers: Take on governors who resist 30,000 minimum wage

- Femi Falana wants Nigerian workers to tackle governors who resist the payment of the new minimum wage in the country

- Falana notes that the minimum wage has crossed its first hurdle with its passage by the House of Representatives with the second face in the hands of governors

- Comrade Ayuba Wabba of the NLC says it is important to urgently pass the minimum wage into law

A senior lawyer and rights activist in Nigeria, Femi Falana, has tasked workers in the country to tackle any state governor that tries to resist the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage being agitated for by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The lawyer, who spoke at the 12th quadrennial national delegates conference of the NLC in Abuja, noted that the workers had won the first part of the battle for the new minimum wage but that the second stage was with the governors.

“Labour should unite to fight any governor who may not want to pay the N30,000 minimum wage. States should cut their expenses and engage in income generating ventures.

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“As for the workers, let the general elections be the last time that it will be left for our leaders to decide. Workers should come together. They should be the one to decide,” Falana said.

On his part, the president of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said it had become very pertinent to urgently pass the minimum wage bill by the National Assembly.

“For millions of workers, an increase in the minimum wage is urgently needed to ensure a living wage that covers the cost of basic needs for a family.

“Workers must be able to freely bargain collectively through their union for wages that reflect the tone value of the work they do and for decent working conditions.

“On January 29, this year, the House of Representatives passed into law a new national minimum wage of N30,000. It is expected that upon the passage by the Senate, a conference of the two chambers of the National Assembly will harmonise the bill and send the national minimum wage (amendment) act to Mr President for signing into law.

“We appreciate and commend the House of Representative for the expedited action taken on the new national minimum wage bill.

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“The release of about N1.9 trillion in the form of bailout, budget support and Paris Club refund assisted greatly in addressing the non-payment of salary, pensions and gratuity in many states especially worker-friendly governors. In some few instances, the funds were diverted and the situation has not been fully addressed,” he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the House of Representatives recently passed the national minimum wage after receiving it from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The House approved N30,000 as the new minimum wage, saying it will be effective the day it is assented to by President Buhari.

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