The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared that they will embark on nationwide industrial action following the plan by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from exclusive to concurrent legislative list.
The NLC revealed that it has slated March 10 for the nationwide strike across all the 36 states of the federation states House of Assemblies in reaction to plans by the lawmakers to alter the present wage structure which gave the federal government power to negotiate minimum wage.
As part of the resolution reached at the end of the national Emergency National Executive meeting in Abuja yesterday, the NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, vowed that Congress will resist any attempt to annihilate a Nigerian worker.
Accordingly, last week, the house of Reps debated a bill to remove the power to negotiate a wage matter from the exclusive list to the concurrent list citing the inability of some state governors to pay the N30,000 minimum wage agreed by the federal government last two years as the reason.
However, the NLC said workers would not fold their arms and watch as their future is being traded away as it is the best global standard while opportunist politicians want to throw it away.
contained in a communiqué jointly signed by Wabba and the Acting Secretary-General of the NLC, Ismail Bello saying the bill was targeted to undermine the Nigerian working class.
The statement said, “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 NEC decided that should the need arise, it has 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.”