NLC protests over bill seeking to move minimum wage to concurrent list



The Nigeria Labour (NLC) on Wednesday, staged a at the National Assembly complex, rejecting a bill seeking to move the national minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.

The NLC President,Ayuba Wabba in company leaders other affiliate union,while presenting a petition on the bill said  the bill was anti labour laws and against the interest Nigeria workers.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN)reports that the bill in contention had passed first reading in the House Representatives.

Wabba said the national minimum wage was not a Nigerian standard but an international standard , noting that 26 countries the world have minimum wage as part their exclusive list including the U.S.

He said the current national minimum wage was negotiated all stakeholders including the state before it became Law .

He said the NLC would resist any move to deny in the state and local of minimum wage.

Responding, Deputy Chief Whip of ,Sen.Sabi Abdulahi (APC-Niger) said the would stand Nigerian workers as it had always done.

He said it was not possible for any one to pass a bill that would affect the interest of Nigerian workers,given the practice of democracy in Nigeria.

Abdulahi said the was representing the interest of Nigerian workers and hence takes the of salaries of workers seriously.

He said the NLC had made their point by staging the , noting that the would stand by the workers to protect their rights and Privileges.

He said the senate would ensure that justice was done to the petition presented by NLC on the .

NLC members, who besieged the National Assembly complex had some inscription like “Pay us our minimum wage, autonomy to local government, minimum wage would boost the economy among other inscriptions.(NAN)