Minimum Wage: NLC Announces Date For Nationwide Protest

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Says it will embark on a national protest on the 8th of January, over workers’ demand for a new minimum wage.

This was disclosed by the union president, Ayuba Wabba, on Friday upon the resolution made at the NLC national executive council meeting in Abuja.

While both the federal and state government are yet to give a postive NLS to the increase from N18,000 to N30,000 as minimum wage, President Muhammadu Buhari said while presenting 2019 budget that a committee will be set up to review the demand while state governors have proposed the sum of N22,500.

The NLC president said the union “strongly condemned” the continued delay by the federal government in
transmitting a bill of the new national minimum wage to the national assembly for approval.

“The protest is to express anger and total dissatisfaction over the delay by the federal government in transmitting,
enacting and implementing the new national minimum wage of N30,000,” the statement read.

“The NEC-in-Session approved that the protests should hold in all state capitals and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on January 8, 2019. The NEC mandates all industrial unions and state councils to fully mobilise workers and coordinate with other labour unions for this mother-of-all protest.”

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