Labour Stages Mass Protest Over Minimum Wage Today
Abuja – Leadership of the organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC), have concluded arrangement to stage nationwide protests, commencing Monday January 8 2019.
The protest which will hold simultaneously across all the states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory is being staged over controversies surrounding the National Minimum Wage.
Both federal and state governments as well as labour leaders have been at loggerheads over a new benchmark as national minimum wage.
Although the National Tripartite Committee chaired by former Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ama Pepple pegged the new wage at N30,000, the delays in transmitting the bill to the National Assembly has pitched the various arms of government against labour.
Members of the Nigerian Governors Forum had also expressed constraints why they may not be able to meet the new wage demand in their respective states.
However General Secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo Eson, believes that the position of labour regarding the mass protest may have been misconstrued by a section of the media.
He said, “It has come to our attention that some section of the news media has largely misrepresented our action plan in reaction to the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly by President Mohammadu Buhari.
“It should be recalled that the National Executive Council of NLC met on 17th of December last year and directed that we hold nationwide mobilisation of workers and our allies if by 31st December 2018 the bill on the National Minimum Wage has yet to be sent to the National Assembly to be passed as an Act of Parliament.
“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, 8th January 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria. This does not translate to a strike.
“It is on record that each time we had cause to embark on a national strike, we say so publicly without any equivocation. We still don’t understand where the story about a strike commencing tomorrow came from.
“Already, all our State Councils, affiliate unions and allies in other pro people mass organisations now popularly referred to as Civil Society Organisations have been fully informed and mobilised to ensure the success of tomorrow’s mass protests in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“When a date is decided for the commencement of a strike subsequently, we will inform the public appropriately.”
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