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NLC fixes March 10 for nationwide protest over minimum wage

The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday rose from an emergency meeting and announced a nationwide protest on March 10, over plans by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive list.

The House of Representatives last weekend debated a Bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the Exclusive to the Concurrent list, citing the inability of state governors to pay the present N30, 000 minimum wage for the move.

The bill, which was sponsored by Garba Mohammed, has scaled second reading in the House.

The NLC leadership said the protest will be held in the various Houses of Assembly of the 36 states of the federation in reaction to moves by the House of Representatives to alter the present wage structure which gives the Federal Government the power to negotiate minimum wage for workers in the country.

According to the congress, workers will not lie low and watch hard – fought rights which are global standards become bastardised by opportunistic and narrow- thinking politicians.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the Congress will resist any attempt to exterminate Nigeria’s working class.

Wabba, in a communique jointly signed by the Ag General Secretary of the NLC, Ismail Bello, said the bill is an attempt to undermine Nigeria’s working class.

“The NEC decided that there will be a national protest action commencing from the 10th of March, 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 bastardised by opportunistic and narrow – thinking politicians.

“The NEC resolved that the national protest will be concurrently held in all the 36 states of the federation and to the different State Houses of Assembly across Nigeria.

“The NEC decided that should the need arise; it has the empowered the National Administrative Council of the NLC to declare and enforce a national strike action especially if the legislators continue on the ruinous path of moving the national minimum wage from the Exclusive legislative List to the Concurrent legislative list,” the NLC stated.

Reacting to the hardship caused by the hoarding of fuel over fears of petrol price hike, NLC condemned the action and threatened to picket such filling stations found to be inflicting pains on Nigerians.

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