Insists on November 6 Indefinite Strike
By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-Organized labour has refused the N22, 500 Minimum Wage proposed by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), after its meeting on October 30, 2018.
Recall that the NGF in a communique after its meeting, said that State Governors can only pay N22,500 as the New National Minimum Wage.
However, the Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday, kicked against the figure, stressing that the Nigeria Governors Forum is not a negotiating body but merely a political organization for the convenience of state governors.
The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who said these while addressing the press in Abuja, noted that the unilateral pronouncement by governors of N22,500 Minimum Wage is an abuse of every known principle of industrial relations, labour laws, processes and international best practices.
According to him, “The tripartite committee from inception sent letters to each state government to send in their memoranda as their contributions to the new national minimum wage negotiating process. 21 States sent in their memorandum quoting figures.
“The representatives of the state governors were part and parcel of the work of the negotiating committee from beginning to the end. It is important to note that the National Minimum Wage is not an ALLOCATION to workers. It is a product of NEGOTIATION by the tripartite partners.
“The allocation or award of N22,500 is rejected and has no place in collective bargaining process”, said wabba.
The NLC President added, that the demand of organized labour is not N30,000 but N66,500.
“Our demand is N66,500. N30,000 is the compromise figure arrived at the end of negotiations by the tripartite partners – Government, Employers and Organized Labour. The new minimum wage was a product of intense negotiations that lasted for almost one year.
“Our demand is that the constitutional, legal and morally right step to take at this point is for the Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiating Committee to submit the report of the already concluded National Minimum Wage negotiations to Mr. President for transmission to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law” he said.
He reiterated that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted and called on the members to continue to mobilize in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018, if by then necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee.