Why We Will Still Go On Strike–NLC

By Ikenga Chronicles November 7, 2018

Why We Will Still Go On Strike–NLC

A new national minimum wage law is possible within two weeks if the presidency submits the bill this week to the National Assembly for passage.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) hinted that a strike action still looms in the country if the National Assembly does not get the minimum wage law passed.

In an exclusive interview in Abuja, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, told The Guardian that President Muhammadu Buhari had received the report of the tripartite committee on the review of the national minimum wage.

He stated that they will not accept anything less than the President submitting the report to the National Assembly this week so it should be passed in two weeks.

According to him, anything short of that will attract the reaction of the workers again.

Wabba said: “The organised labour wants to assure the Nigerian people that once the report is submitted today, labour would be considering what timeframe we think would be sufficient enough for the presidency to transmit it to the National Assembly.

“For the work of the National Assembly, we are very certain because we have an understanding with the leadership of the Assembly that the new minimum wage bill will not take more than two days to consider because what would be presented is an amendment of the existing 2011 National Minimum Wage Law. While passing the bill does not require a long process, most members of the two chambers of the National Assembly are well informed about all the issues that surround the minimum wage bill.

“Clearly, I don’t want to quote a specific date because I know how interwoven the process can be. We are committed to watching the process and following up. And anywhere we think there is a deliberate delay, we will respond adequately to every challenge along the way.”

Meanwhile, while government stuck to N24,000, the organised labour insisted on N30,000.