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Friday, January 25, 2019

New Minimum Wage: NLC sends strong warning to Buhari govt

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has sent a strong warning to the Federal Government that no party among the tripartite group, can unilaterally change the N30,000 national minimum wage agreed by the committee.

President of NLC Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who briefed the media on Friday after a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Congress in Abuja, said the figure that was agreed by the tripartite committee cannot be changed by any of the parties, except through a process.

To this end, Wabba said the Congress rejected the N27,000 included in the National Minimum Wage Bill transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on the advice of the National Council of State.

He declared that it was not acceptable to the workers.

He described it as “out of place and procedure” for the N30,000 to be reduced to N27,000.

On the next line of action, the NLC President stated that Labour would mobilize its members and engage the National Assembly.

He insisted that the tripartite negotiation must be respected and the National Assembly should do the needful.

“If this failed, labour had already put their members on the alert to take appropriate action that is desirable to protect and ensure that the tripartite process is respected,” he warned.

Wabba added: “The meeting deliberated on one item which is the issue of the transmission of the national minimum wage bill to the National Assembly. The meeting reviewed the whole situation including the fact that N30,000 was agreed at the tripartite negotiating meeting to be the minimum wage.

“It was out of place and procedure for that figure to be reduced to N27,000. Going by the convention of the International Labour Organisation, the figure that was agreed by the tripartite committee cannot be changed by any of the parties except through a process.”

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