NLC fires serious warning regarding the politicization of the proposed new N30,000 national minimum wage

Ahead of today's"s meeting between the Labour union and the Federal Government, the Gombe Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has sounded a serious warning regarding the politicization  of the proposed new N30,000 national  minimum wage.
The state NLC Chairman, Haruna Kamara said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The Organised labour and the federal government will meet today.

Kamara said that the struggle for minimum wage was a struggle for the emancipation of workers and not a tool for any political stakeholder.

“People should not join the issue of the struggle for national minimum wage, the welfare of Nigeria workers and pensioners with politics.

“This has been the norm in the past as political stakeholders often accuse labour of supporting the opposition. In 2013/2014 when we had a similar situation, many accused labour of being political with minimum wage.


“Then the struggle for the welfare of workers was perceived by many as a window to bring in the opposition and today the same thing is being said of labour."

He added that the few persons taking advantage of the minimum wage struggle to promote a political ambition  are happy about the situation of the Nigerian workers.

“Those mixing labour struggle with politics are beneficiaries of the present predicament of the Nigerian workers.

“Our struggle for workers is constitutionally time-bound and not a product of the decisions of labour leaders. Our struggle is for the emancipation of workers.

“Workers are the most effective tool for development and change,’’ he said.

Kamara reaffirmed that the union has mobilised members alongside other labour organisation for the announced Jan 8 strike action.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to stand by workers and give them the desired support and cooperation by transmitting the N30,000 new national minimum wage bill to the National Assembly, as agreed by the tripartite committee.

He added: “President Buhari is a man of honour and integrity who had not been adequately briefed by his representatives.

“I am very sure if the President was duly briefed, we wouldn’t be in the situation we now find ourselves. So it is time for the President to be on the side of the workers.”
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