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Workers Threatens To Vote Against The Present Govt Over Minimum Wage Negotiation

The Nigerian Labour Union, yesterday has threatened to vote against any government elections of 2019 that refused to pay the new minimum wage currently negotiated in the country.

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This occurred when the National Assembly said that it would quickly pass the minimum wage to the law as soon as it was sent to the National Assembly, saying that the welfare of workers remained one of its priorities.

President of Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, comrade Ayuba Wabba, who gave the warning by addressing workers and other guests, including government officials headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in Eagle Square, Abuja, 2018 venue, national celebrations of the May Day also raised the alarm that the growing insecurity in the country was driving Nigeria to the precipice.

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Wabba, who also warned against any attempt to renegotiate the minimum wage once agreed upon, said: "Recent public hearings on the minimum wage nationwide have unmasked the enemies of Nigerian workers." We insist that once the Salary Act Minimum is enacted, all employers in the public and private sectors must pay immediately We will support those who are willing to pay more than the minimum We will resist any move to renegotiate the minimum wage at any level.

"The federal government must ensure that federal appropriations are not handed over to states and local governments that refuse to implement the new minimum wage, and we are ready to fight against public and private organizations that would refuse to meet the new minimum wage. The power of our votes! We will ensure that governments that refuse to pay the new minimum wage do not receive the support of the working class, retirees and their families."

The president of NLC, who also expressed concern about rising unemployment, poverty, inflation and the general state of the economy, called on the government to immediately address the alarming insecurity across the country, saying that "with the army deployed In twenty-seven of our states, it is very clear that the country is reaching a precipice. "

Speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the government was genuinely committed to the upward revision of workers' wages, especially in the face of current economic realities.

The argument of a national minimum wage, according to Osinbajo, "can not be criticized because the minimum wage is the minimum amount of compensation that an employee must receive for doing his job and, as such, must be based on the principles of social justice, equity and justice. "

He went on to add that those who could afford to pay above the social protection floor were free to do so, as many had been doing in many states and sectors of the economy. He said: "This administration has no intention of presiding over the dismantling of organized labor earnings. insured". For its members almost four decades ago. It is my hope, therefore, that the Tripartite Committee composed of government, labor and the private sector expedites its allocation to allow the Federal Government to submit a Bill on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly for the approval of the law, as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Federal Government and state governments will continue to work together to improve the conditions of workers throughout the country. "

Recognized the historical contributions of Nigerian workers and organized work to the political, economic, social and cultural development of Nigeria, stating that "from the struggles for independence, to the clamor for the restoration of democratic order, and, in the last 19 years, to sustain the freedoms guaranteed by our democracy, I must also say that the organized Nigerian work has actively contributed to help Nigeria out, in a record time, of an economic recession derived from the economic mismanagement of the past ".

Also speaking about the issue, the president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, while promising his support to the workers on the issue of the minimum wage, the president of the Senate, represented by Senator Victor Umeh, said: "The workers form the base on which the building is built, blocks of any sustained national development can be established, priority must be given to the demand for a new minimum wage.

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