Labour condemns NGF threat to sack workers over N30,000 minimum wage

Ayuba Wabba- NLC president

The organised labour on Thursday condemned threat by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), to sack workers if the new national minimum wage of N30,000 is implemented.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the threat was not new.

The NLC president was reacting to the statement made by the Chairman
of NGF and Governor of Zamfara Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, threatening to
sack workers on the account of the new national minimum wage of N30,

Wabba said that the process of negotiation by the tripartite social partners for a new wage has ended and a new National Minimum Wage of N30,000 agreed upon by the government, labour and employers in the private sector

According to him, the threat to sack workers is not new in the struggle for review of national minimum wage.

He said, “Therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara cannot be used to intimidate labour.

“The consequences of workers retrenchment are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate.

“Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabeled as salaries.

“We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world to public perusal.

“Pro rata with the minimum wage they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers, ‘’he said.

The NLC president advised each of the state governors to go to their respective state and inform workers on their individual position on the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.

Wabba further urged workers to remain steadfast and firm on their rights to decent wages and improved living conditions.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily present to the National Assembly the bill on the National Minimum Wage for appropriate amendment and implementation.

“It would interest Nigerians to know that the new national minimum wage of N30,000 was a product of intense and robust negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee that lasted for one year.

“At the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee, state governments were represented by six states, one state from each of the six geopolitical zones, he said.