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Minimum wage: NLC insists on Nov 6 deadline

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THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday reiterated the union’s resolve not to look back on its timetable to shutdown Nigerian public sector in an indefinite strike totally from November 6, unless Federal Government accepts the workers’ proposals for N30, 000 new national minimum wage.

This was contained in a communiqué issued after National Executive Council of NLC meeting in Abuja, which was signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, with the labour leaders vowing to resist any intimidation of workers in the country who, they said, will not buckle because of no-work-no pay threat or any other arm twisting strategies to de deployed by government at all levels.

According to Wabba, latest postures by government are calculated to cow workers into submission as well as stop them from protesting against government’s foot dragging on the issue of new national minimum wage that has lingered for so long, describing it as a return to the Abacha military era.

He also accused the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, of feeding the public with half- truths and misinformation about the work of the tripartite Committee on the New National Minimum Wage as a contrivance to gagworkers and force them to become slaves rather than workers, advising Federal Government to shelve its White Paper or risk being reported to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), because labour will not to be bound by the latest White Paper by government for being an illegality and a throwback to the dark days of fascism, according to Wabba.

 

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