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Minimum wage :Labour says no going back on strike


Bukola Afeni
The Nigerian Labour Congress has condemned the moves by the Governors Forum not to pay the N30,000 minimum wage .
The President of NLC, Comrade Ayubba Wabba made the disclosure while briefing journalist in Abuja.
He called on the members of the Union to mobilize in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018.
He disclosed that if no steps have been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee, the strike will still hold.
According to him, nothing will make the Labour movement to reduce the amount from 30,000.
While reacting to the State Governor’s plea that they cannot pay only N22,500, as the new minimum wage.
“The Governors Forum (NGF) after its meeting on 30th October, 2018 claimed that State Governors can only pay N22,500 as the New National Minimum Wage.
We wish to state that the Nigeria Governors Forum is not a negotiating body but merely a political organization for the convenience of state governors”
“The tripartite committee from inception sent letters to each state government to send in their memoranda as their contributions to the new national minimum wage negotiating process. 21 States sent in their memorandum quoting figures”
Speaking further, he said the demand of organized labour is not N30,000.
“The demand is N66,500. N30,000 is the compromise figure arrived at the end of negotiations by the tripartite partners, Government, Employers and Organized Labour. The new minimum wage was a product of intense negotiations that lasted for almost one year”
“The Governors had six representatives on the Tripartite Committee, one state governor represented each of the geo-political zones. The representatives of the state governors were part and parcel of the work of the negotiating committee from beginning to the end. It is important to note that the National Minimum Wage is not an allocation to workers. It is a product of negotiation by the tripartite partners”
According to him, the unilateral pronouncement by governors of N22,500 Minimum Wage is an abuse of every known principle of industrial relations, labour laws, processes and international best practices.

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