Minimum Wage: Labour Warns Aspirants Over Workers’ Rights

Minimum Wage: Labour Warns Aspirants Over Workers’ Rights

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on October 27, 2014
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Former Omar Abdulwaheed, NLC President

The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC on Monday, October 27, 2014 threatens to protest against the interest of any political aspirant, discovered to have been infringing on the rights of workers as evident in the current constitutional amendment by the National Assembly.

The national assembly was reported to have proposed the relegation of workers’ salaries and wages from the exclusive list to the country’s concurrent list.

This was made known in a six-paragraph communique signed by NLC President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, and the union Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, who stated that the decision was reached after a congress was held in Abuja.

The union stated that it had delegated its leadership to consult with the Senate leadership with a view to ascertaining the authenticity or otherwise of claims that the federal lawmakers were leading the crusade for wage deregulation.

It also added that the leadership of the union had been mandated to specially meet with the leadership of the House of Representatives to get its reassurance that that it had not relinquished its pledge to retain wages on the exclusive list.

The NEC congress, according to the communique, condemned the reported reduction of labour, wages and salaries from the exclusive to concurrent list by the National Assembly.

“In spite of denials by some officers of the National Assembly to the contrary, NEC has directed its members to commence immediate mobilisation of members, including visiting their representatives in  the Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly to demand their input in maintaining the status quo on Labour on the Exclusive List

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