May 01, 2017

MAY DAY: NLC Angry With Nigerian Governors, Others

Things are getting difficult and the stage appears set for a clash of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) with governors and lawmakers pushing the bill which seeks to remove National Minimum Wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.

The NLC leadership has threatened to mobilise against governors and the National Assembly.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, who spoke with The Nation last night, accused some members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum of sponsoring such an anti-workers’ legislation.

The bill which scaled through the first reading before the House embarked on Easter recess, is set for second reading on the floor of the House where members will debate on it.

Wabba, who kicked against fresh moves to “strangulate workers”, who have been frustrated by the lingering socio-economic hardship, said labour would explore every legitimate legal means to protect workers. “We have done in the past and we are going to deplore it,” he said.

The Congress plans to mobilise its affiliates to campaign against all political office holders linked with anti-workers’ legislations and policies ahead of the 2018 and 2019 general elections.

Wabba said: “All over the world, minimum wage is on the exclusive list. We are talking about protecting the most vulnerable group, that is the principle and philosophy. It is an ILO core issue under decent work agenda. It is a core ILO issue that all countries are conformed to.

“So, first is that it is the level of ignorance because he thinks that it is only for the state. No. It is for the self-employed for those that are from the private sector to protect the most vulnerable people from being exploited from false labour and slavery. That is why minimum wage law is there.

“It is a core ILO convention and in many countries of the world, including capitalist economy. As capitalist as the United Stated (U.S.) is, they have a minimum wage law.

“So, we must first understand the concept. It is not the state government. It is all employers of labour generally, both private and public. So, for public sector, who fixes their own? That is why it is a tripartite issue. I think that there is a level of ignorance he has demonstrated in this without even knowing what minimum wage law is all about.

“First, we condemn it in its entirety. We are going to respond immediately and effectively. Two, let him also go back to the archives. This issue was introduced even by some cabals within the Governors’ Forum at the last constitution amendment and it was defeated.

“It went to a referendum and it was defeated. So, we should start from where we stopped and not to take us back to areas we have actually advanced on.”

Wabba said that millions of Nigerians who are self-employed and those working in the private sector will be subjected to undue exploitation if the national minimum wage is removed from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

“Who will regulate the case of the self-employed; for instance now, you are self-employed, you are not working under either the state or the federal government where you can even negotiate.

“So, the implication is that once you remove that from the exclusive list, workers will be exploited. We are not even talking of the maximum, we are talking about the minimum.

“Assuming the alteration bill sells through in the National Assembly, what will organised labour, especially the leadership of the NLC, do? It will not sail through because we will stop it at all cost. Nigerian workers will not accept this."

12 comments:

Nasiru Adoke said...

hmmmmmm..ok na

Ay360 said...

I pray they succeed,cos even among d NLC we hav dos dat are corrupt

inumidun said...

Dey ve serz reason 2..

I. C Bruno said...

You are talking about minimum wage when millions of graduate has no single job.

Sunshow said...

Yet they steal any how, but can't pay workers

Austine Gabriel said...

Protest in NY mind

Harbolarkale Niyi said...

May their struggle not be in vain

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Worker is the power house of a country.they should pay well

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Interesting

Oladimeji S. said...

Do we think the senators are there for the mases? NO. They were there for their selfish end.

Anurika Onwu said...

Civil servants under the state government are the ones feeling it more

okorochas justin said...

Ok nah...

10% Discount if You Book A Hotel on Jumia Travel. PROMO Code = Olufamous10