The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), yesterday rose from an emergency meeting and announced a nationwide protest on March 10, over plans by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the Exclusive list.
Recall that the House of Representatives last weekend debated a Bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the Exclusive to the Concurrent list, citing the inability of state governors to pay the present N30, 000 minimum wage for the move.
The Bill, which was sponsored by Garba Mohammed, has scaled second reading in the House.
The NLC leadership said the protest will be held in the various Houses of Assembly of the 36 States of the federation, in reaction to moves by the House to alter the present wage structure that gives the Federal Government the power to negotiate minimum wage for workers in the country.
According to the NLC, workers will not lie low and watch the hard–fought rights, which are global standards, become bastardised by opportunistic and narrow- thinking politicians.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the Congress will resist any attempt to exterminate Nigeria’s working class.
Wabba, in an issued communique jointly signed by the Ag. General Secretary of the NLC, Isma’il Bello, said the Bill is an attempt to undermine Nigeria’s working class.
Reacting to the hardship caused by the hoarding of fuel over fears of petrol price hike, NLC condemned the action and threatened to picket such filling stations found to be inflicting pains on Nigerians.