NLC Says Workers will Resist Minimum Wage Slash

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday said workers in the country would resist any attempt by government to review downwards the current N18,000 national minimum wage.

NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this at a mass rally in Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2015 Africa Industrialisation Day Celebration.

The 2015 Africa Industrialisation Day had the theme: “Eradicating Smuggling, Meeting the Financial and Energy Needs of Local Industries.’’

The state governors, rising from a meeting in Abuja early this week, said that the state treasuries could no longer sustain the N18, 000 minimum wage.

The governors attributed their stance to the significant drop in the federal allocations as a result of drop in the price of oil.

Wabba said that the move by the governors would be massively resisted by the labour.

He said that the leadership of the congress would not hesitate to mobilise workers for industrial action should the need arose.

“Nigerian workers will reject the move by the governors to slash the minimum wage instead of upward review of the minimum wage which was last done five years ago.

``We will put them on notice that if any attempt is made to slash the minimum wage, we will march to the streets to register our disagreement.

``The obvious problem is for them to reduce the cost of governance. They should reduce security votes, entourage and aides.

``Government officials are supposed to go with two vehicles as the case in developed countries.

``So, workers should not be seen as the problem; workers should be seen as the solution to our challenges in the system,” he said.

The NLC President said workers were assets in any economy as they generated wealth that moved the economy in any country.