NLC insists on N30, 000, silent on strike option
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted on N30, 000 minimum wage. Speaking at the end of its emergency Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja yesterday, President, Ayuba Wabba, said transmission of N27, 000 to the National Assembly by President Buhari falls short of the negotiated N30, 000.
He consequently stressed that Labour has rejected the N27, 000 offer, saying, “We still maintain that we stand on the outcome of the tripartite committee.”
Wabba said Labour would mobilise its members to storm the National Assembly to prevail on the lawmakers to correct the anomaly, adding, “We have put our members on alert that if that is not done, certainly we will also mobilise to take appropriate action that is desirable to protect and ensure that the tripartite process be respected.
He hinted that Labour would storm the public hearing slated for Monday by the House of Representatives to make sure that the right thing is done, saying the lawmakers represent the people and called on them to respect the outcome of the process.
Wabba insisted that the N30, 000 figure was a compromised position in the context of the prevailing economic realities, explaining, “We should be commended. As far back as 2011, the N18, 000 minimum wage was equivalent to $150. Today, N30, 000 is less than $100.”
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