NLC Mobilizes Workers Against Senate Decision on Minimum Wage, Others



nlc-logoThe Nigeria Labour Congress has resolved to mobilize workers against the decision of the senate removing Labour and the national minimum wage from the Exclusive List.

NLC’s communiqué at the end of its emergency NEC meeting today said, “In spite of the overwhelming support of the Nigerian people, workers and constituents for the retention of Labour and the prescription of a national minimum wage on the Exclusive List and extant ILO Conventions in support of same, and the fact that national minimum wage is prescribed and retained on the Exclusive List in over 90 per cent of the nations of the world, the Nigerian Senate against every grain of wisdom, removed Labour and the national minimum wage from the Exclusive List.
Thus NLC “Resolved to: Mobilise its members across the country against the decision of the Senate..
Read the communiqué:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF THE NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) HELD ON THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST, 2013
AT LABOUR HOUSE, ABUJA

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress after an exhaustive deliberation at their meeting of Thursday, August 29, 2013 at its auditorium, Abuja, notes that:

In spite of the overwhelming support of the Nigerian people, workers and constituents for the retention of Labour and the prescription of a national minimum wage on the Exclusive List and extant ILO Conventions in support of same, and the fact that national minimum wage is prescribed and retained on the Exclusive List in over 90 per cent of the nations of the world, the Nigerian Senate against every grain of wisdom, removed Labour and the national minimum wage from the Exclusive List;

Resolved to:

Mobilise its members across the country against the decision of the Senate because of its potential to create:

• A pool of the working poor
• Judicial nightware;
• Slave labour
• An environment for payment of arbitrary wages;
• Destruction of the economy;
• Major industrial unrest; and
• Worsening national security situation

Congress also notes with grave concern the poor conditions of service in Anambra State.

Congress is particularly dismayed that a Permanent Secretary in the state civil service earns as low as N150,000 per month.

Congress accordingly urges the Anambra State Government to immediately work towards the improvement of the conditions of service of workers.

Congress warns that in the event of failure of the government to act speedily act, it would be compelled to act in sympathy with the workers in Anambra State.

Similarly, Congress condemns in strong terms the inability/refusal of the government to reach an amicable resolution of its dispute with the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU).

It nonetheless calls for resumption of negotiations between the government and ASUU in the interest of students.

In furtherance of this, Congress elects to be directly involved in the negotiations.

Abdulwahed Ibrahim Omar Chris Uyot
President Acting General Secretary

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