Workers Day: NLC Threatens to Embark on Nationwide Strike, Gives Reason

Workers Day: NLC Threatens to Embark on Nationwide Strike, Gives Reason

- The Nigeria Labour Congress has disclosed why it does not support the minimum wage bill before the National Assembly

- Ayuba Wabba, the president of NLC, warns that there will be consequences if the lawmakers pass the bill

- Wabba has spoken against the sacking of workers by the Kaduna state government

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned that workers in the country will embark on a nationwide strike if the National Assembly passes the bill seeking to move the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

Workers’ Day: NLC Threatens to Embark on Nationwide Strike, Gives Reason
The minimum wage bill passed second reading at the House of Representatives in February. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
Source: UGC

The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning on Saturday, May 1, during an event organised to mark Workers’ Day in Abuja, according to Channels TV.

Wabba said the national minimum wage is a global standard that should not be removed from the exclusive legislative.

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He said:

“Therefore, we are reinforcing our earlier position to state that Nigerian workers will not allow a situation where the progress we have made for the past 40 years to be taken by these group of politicians we are going to insist that any day that this law is considered by any of the chambers, Nigerian workers are going to withdraw their services.”

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Meanwhile, Gombe state government has suspended no fewer than 668 workers from the payroll following the commencement of the implementation of biometrics.

Daily Nigerian reports that the state commissioner for finance and economic development, Muhammad Magaji, said this at a briefing on Friday, April 30, at the commencement of the implementation of biometrics in the state.

Legit.ng gathered that Magaji said the affected workers did not show up for verification after the commencement of the enrolment, hence their suspension from the payroll.

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In another news, the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has thanked Nigerian workers for having faith in the country's progress and helping to keep it strong.

Obasa, who was a former chairman of the conference of speakers of state legislatures in Nigeria, gave the commendation in a message to celebrate May Day with Nigerian workers on Saturday, May 1.

In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, and sent to Legit.ng, the speaker said the workers in the country have shown over time that they believe in the country and what it can offer despite its current challenges.

Source: Legit Newspaper

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