Minimum wage: NLC prepares mass action as some governors renege

Minimum wage: NLC prepares mass action as some governors renege

- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) asks its state chapters to await a directive for the next line of action as some governors failed to meet the deadline for minimum wage implementation

- Ayuba Wabba, president of the NLC, warns that the organisation would not joke with the welfare of workers in the country in 2020

- Wabba, however, commends state governors who have commenced implementation of the wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) began 2020 with a plan to commence industrial action over the refusal of some governors to meet the December 31, 2019, deadline for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

The NLC, through its president, Ayuba Wabba, asked its state chapters to be on standby for the next directive from the national headquarters.

In his new year message in Abuja, Wabba also pleaded with the governors yet to commence the implementation of the minimum wage to do so without delay.

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“In tandem with our position as adopted and communicated after a stakeholders’ meeting on December 11, 2019, organised labour will not guarantee industrial harmony in states that fail to implement the new national minimum wage by December 31, 2019.

“We direct our state councils to be on the standby to robustly engage state governments that fail to obey our laws. We wish to remind state governors that no excuse would be good enough for failure to pay," Wabba said.

The NCL president also lamented over what he called ongoing revelations on the monumental looting perpetrated by former governors adding that these had proven "that only an intent to loot and deadened conscience, not availability of resources, would be the reason any governor would hesitate to pay workers the N30,000 new national minimum wage and the consequential adjustment in salaries."

The NLC reminded the governors that the new national minimum wage has become a law and that they do not have the luxury to choose whether to pay or not.

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He also said in 2020, the NLC would pressure government to provide jobs for the citizens of the country and that the organisation is planning a national job summit in 2020.

The labour body commended the states that have started paying the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustment in salaries while noting that it would continue to protect, promote and prioritise workers’ and pensioners' welfare.

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“We will dare the enemies of Nigerian workers and people and we will triumph by the grace of God.

“We will continue to put the needed weight on the things that unite us and hold in contempt the things that seek to divide us," Wabba said. earlier reported that in a new year's day broadcast message to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to make the welfare of workers a priority.

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