Worker’s Day: NLC Is Keen On Wage Increase
The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has said that its ultimate goal as it marks the Worker’s Day today is to force the Federal Government to increase the minimum wage.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said this at a May Day Lecture in Abuja on Monday as he called on all workers across the country to prepare for a showdown with the Federal Government in case it refuses to increase the wages.
Wabba said that what germane to his leadership was the welfare of the workers and that he was sure that the government would not easily bow to new minimum wage.
The NLC earlier proposed a N56, 000 minimum wage, which of course might change due to the current economic situation.
The Federal Government set up a tripartite committee to look at the workers’ demand and since the committee had been meeting nothing tangible had come out.
The committee said that it would organize a public hearing on the minimum wages in the six geopolitical zones from where it would come up with how much the government could pay.
Wabba urged Nigerian workers to gear up to fight for their rights, stressing that government was not ready to better the lives of the people through its policies and actions.