NLC hint of indefinite strike over minimum wage

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The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has disclosed that the organized labour will embark on an indefinite strike if the bill to change the law on minimum wage is allowed to pass.

The bill sponsored by Garba Datti, which has scaled second reading within the House of Representatives has been referred to the House Committee on the constitutional amendment.

The bill seeks to move the minimum wage from the unique legislative checklist to the concurrent legislative list. The implication is that the state governments will decide the minimum wage.

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“Those sponsoring this bill are the ones instigating crisis. NLC is against this bill. Whatever incentive has been introduced, they need to change their minds and stand with the people.

“Governors across the 36 states are earning the same salaries, why are they now discovering it difficult to adjust to a worldwide standard.

“We have called on the President to ignore the obnoxious bill.”

He added that at a time the US is making moves to extend minimum wage, Nigerian lawmakers are making “obnoxious laws.”

“Do you know the minimum wage in America? It’s $10 passed by President Obama (Barrak). When Biden came, the first thing he stated is that the minimum wage will be increased to $15 per hour.’

Speaking on behalf of the House, the Majority Leader, Hassan Ado Dogwa assured the union members that the House has famous their considerations.

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