Labour Protests Decentralisation Of Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, led workers on Wednesday to the National Assembly to protest the decision of the Senate to remove the minimum wage law from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list of the proposed amendment to the 199 constitution.

The Senate had during the recent constitution amendment exercise voted for the decentralization of negotiations on the national minimum wage, but the House of Representatives overwhelmingly shut down the proposal.

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While the proposal awaits harmonization of both houses, the leadership of the NLC and TUC say they will resist moves by the Senate to remove minimum wage and other labour matters from the exclusive legislative list as such a move is not in the interest of workers and ordinary people.

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The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole, who joined in the protest, said the consequences of removing labour from the exclusive list goes beyond wages.

He explained that if the Senate removes labour from the exclusive list to the concurrent list, every state would withdraw basic protection for workers such as health and safety and social security.

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Last month, NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar threatened that the union would embark on a nationwide strike and mobilise Nigerian workers to fight against the removal of the minimum wage clause.

In his reaction, the Senate President, David Mark, promised the Nigerian workers that the National Assembly will revisit the issue.

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