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, Ayuba Wabba, said this at a mass rally in Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2015 Africa Industrialisation Day Celebration. 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 arise.
"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. He said the minimum wage was not allocation as it was negotiated through a tripartite system and was a product of law. He said that no single party out of the tripartite system would be able to review the minimum wage without the input of the others.
Peter Akapason, Chairman, Committee on Civil Society Organisation and Development Partners of the House of Representatives, however, assured workers that the Minimum Wage Act would be implemented. He said the Act was a law duly enacted by the National Assembly.