The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, will on Wednesday hold a nationwide protest over moves by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.
This is coming against a bill seeking to remove the negotiation on minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list that passed the second reading in the House of Representatives on February 23.
The congress said the protest would hold in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly and at the National Assembly in Abuja.
According to the sponsor, Garba Mohammed (APC Kano), the bill is to allow both the federal and state government to freely negotiate minimum wage “with their workers in line with our federalism.”
However, the NLC opposed the plan, describing the bill as an attempt to undermine Nigeria’s working class.
NLC in an invitation to journalists read, “The Nigeria Labour Congress and its allies will tomorrow (Wednesday) embark on a nationwide protest against attempts by some elements at the National Assembly to remove the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list. In Abuja, it will mobilise from the Unity Fountain at 7.30 am to the National Assembly.”
The congress had in a communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meeting of its National Executive Council penultimate Tuesday said it had empowered the National Administrative Council of the NLC to declare and enforce a national strike action, “especially if the legislators continue on the ruinous path of moving the national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.”