The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has condemned the resolutions made by the Nigerian Governors' Forum, on its decision to pay only N22,500 as the national minimum wage.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on the union's position, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said the resolutions of the Forum on the current minimum wage amounted to a breach of agreement of the tripartite committee.
He stated that N30,000 was a product of the tripartite committee which the governors were part of.
Each of the six governors represented six geopolitical zones. It is important to note that National Minimum Wage is not an allocation to workers. The unilateral pronouncement by governors of N22,500 minimum wage is an abuse of every known principle of industrial relations, labour laws, processes and international best practices,he said.
According to him: We are also very concerned about the huge pressure being brought upon the organised private sector, OPS, to compromise their stand on the N30,000 new minimum wage. This pressure led to the recent statement by NACCIMA, which sought to cast aspersions on an already negotiated new minimum wage.
Wabba stressed that the union had rejected 'unequivocally', the communique issued by the Nigerian Governors Forum on October 30, 2018 as an attempt to undermine the authority of Mr. President and should equally be condemned by all.
The NLC President also explained that having reached an agreement of N30,000, the Chairman of the National minimum wage tripartite negotiation committee should submit the report to Mr. President, for transmission to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
We wish to reiterate our position adopted by our National Executive Council NEC meeting of 23rd October, 2018 that adopted N30,000; anything else shall not be accepted by us.
Wabba also revealed that the N30,000 which was the agreement at the end of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee meeting was a product of compromise.
He explained that 21 states responded through memoranda at the initial stage of the negotiation and quoted figures.
There was a public hearing and input were made before we arrived at N30,000. The demand of organised labour is not N30,000. Our demand is N66,500?, Wabba added.
The President advised all the governors to return to their respective states and consult with workers, demanding that every governor should pay N66,000 to every worker as minimum wage.
Source: Voice of Nigeria