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NLC takes Nigeria to ILO over minimum wage


The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba PHOTO: NAN

• Plans protest over delay to kick-start negotiation
• Ngige, Udoma, Oyo-Ita seek end to ‘casualisation’ of workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has dragged Nigeria to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for non-payment of salaries and proscription of trade unions in Kogi State.

There are also indications that the NLC may embark on rallies and protest soon to put pressure on the Federal Government to kick-start negotiation on the new minimum wage.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, who spoke with The Guardian yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, on the sideline of the on-going 30th world congress of the Public Service International (PSI), said the NLC dragged Nigeria to ILO because of the proscription of labour unions by the Kogi State government as well as non-payment of salaries, which constitute breach of ILO core conventions.


He stated that Kogi State could not be taken to the ILO because treaties and conventions are signed by nations and Kogi State is only an arm of the Federal Government.

Wabba, who said the process of transmitting the complaints to the Federal Government is already ongoing by the relevant organs of the ILO, stated that the NLC had also lodged a complaint about non-payment of salaries by the three tiers of government.

The NLC President told The Guardian that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, had confirmed the membership of the negotiation committee and that a date for the inauguration of the committee would be agreed upon by the tripartite bodies.

Besides, Ngige, his Budget and National Planning counterpart, Udoma Udo Udoma, President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Udom Uko Inoyo and Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo- Ita, have called for improved workforce in Nigeria.

They stressed that an end must come to casualisation of workers in the country.

Speaking at the 49th CIPM yearly national conference, Ngige, who insisted that Nigerian workers must not be treated as servants, noted that servant-master relationship is harmful to employee productivity in the country.

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