NLC Speaks on Minimum Wage, Set to ‘Fight’ Kogi, Imo, Kaduna Govts

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage to fast-track the process in good time.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President said this at the 11 Quadrennial National Delegate Conference of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) on Thursday in Abuja.

His words: “The minimum wage is supported by two ILO conventions, which Nigeria has domesticated, so it must be respected.

“As time is also of essences, we must have the minimum wage in good time, so that workers can benefit from it.

“From what is happening in the economy it is very clear that N18, 000 is no longer feasible to sustain a worker with his family, so it is long overdue.

“So, we will do everything within the law to achieve this as we have already lost two years. We are also part of the tripartite committee and we should be able to fastback the process”.

The labour leader also assured the workers that NLC would everything possible to fight for the 36,000 workers sacked by the Kaduna state government and its other counterparts like Kogi and Imo government on non-payment of salaries and pensions.

Kiri Mohammed, National President of NCSU, decried the slow process of the negotiation of the minimum wage for workers in the country.

According to him, public servants at all levels are consciously waiting to hear the outcome of the ongoing negotiation on the minimum wage.

Mohammed called on members to take necessary measures that would contend their arrogance and ensure that the governors do not subvert the process.

He added that workers must have a minimum wage that would be compared with other nations that have full realisation of the decent work agenda.

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