The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), has said that it will take industrial actions if the 14-day ultimatum it gave to the Federal Government for the completion of all negotiations on a new minimum wage lapses.
Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige who had promised Nigerian workers in February 2018, that the new minimum wage will commence implementation by September 2018,few days ago, announced suddenly, that the activities of the tripartite committee negotiating the new minimum wage had been adjourned indefinitely.
Following the adjournment, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), alongside the Trade Union Congress(TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC), announced a 14-day ultimatum at a joint press conference in Lagos, on September 12, 2018.
Meanwhile, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while briefing Newsmen on Wednesday at the end of the National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting of the Congress in Abuja, said that at the expiration of the 14-day notice and if the demand of organised labour is not met, the NEC has given mandate to the leadership of organised labour to declare appropriate industrial action or any action it deems necessary.
He further stressed that the adjournment of the tripartite committee, is against the principle of collective bargaining as provided in ILO convention (98) and convention (131) on Minimum Wage setting process which Nigeria has domesticated.
Speaking further on the issue of the Labour Party, he said that NEC noted the attempt to forcefully take over the party and has directed that Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has no business to hijack the Labour party, adding that the existing judgement should be respected and enforced.
“We also make bold to say that the party is registered by trade unions, i.e NLC and TUC, our Civil Society allies,market women, students and artisans, to provide a platform that is quite different and distinct from other political parties” Wabba said.
Wabba who presented the original certificate of registration of the party to the Press, pointed out that any body using counterfeit should not be regarded and the document should be seen as forgery,
He added that the organized labour will do every thing possible to recover the party, so as to conform to the ideology of the working class.
On the forth coming elections, Wabba noted that INEC must provide a level playing ground and try to surpass its record of 2015; Calling on workers to participate effectively in the electoral process either to vie for elective positions or vote and be voted.
The NLC President urged workers to vote for a credible candidate with clear agenda for workers and pensioners alike.