NLC announces planned nationwide strike, discloses reason for industrial action

NLC announces planned nationwide strike, discloses reason for industrial action

- Labour unions in the country have criticised the National Assembly for planning to remove the issue of national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list

- NLC disclosed why it is against the proposed legislation

- A labour leader, Ayuba Wabba, highlighted steps being taken to resist the legislation

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have announced that they are planning to embark on a nationwide strike.

Both unions said their planned industrial action was in opposition to the move by the National Assembly to remove the issue of national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list, The Tribune reported

NLC announces nationwide strike, discloses reason for industrial action
NLC has insisted that it will not allow workers to be paid poor wages. Photo: @NLCHeadquarters
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The organised labour described the move as a ploy to allow some state governors to pay slave wages to the poor and hapless workers.

The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union has approved protests in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly over the issue.

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''The NEC decided that there will be a national protest action commencing from March 10, 2021, in the Federal Capital Territory and especially to the National Assembly. The protest is to make a strong statement that Nigerian workers would not lie low and watch hard-fought rights which are of global standards bastardized by opportunistic and narrow thinking politicians.
“The NEC resolved that the national protest action will be concurrently held in all the 36 states of the federation and to the different State Houses of Assembly across Nigeria.''

Meanwhile, Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor of Edo state, has kicked against a bill seeking to switch minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

Premium Times reported that Shaibu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, March 4, in Benin, advised the sponsor of the bill to step it down.

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He advised the lawmaker to move motions and sponsor bills that would support programmes geared toward finding lasting solutions to the problems of insecurity in the country.

In other news, members of the NLC on Wednesday, February 24, led a protest in front of the building of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Abuja.

According to the NLC, the rally is a move against the CAC's clampdown on union members who challenged anti-worker policies, Punch reported.

However, a clash between members of the NLC and those of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) ensued following a disagreement among the unionists.

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