Organised Labour yesterday issued a December 31 deadline to the Federal Government to send a draft bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly for passage into law in order to avoid a nationwide strike in the New Year.
At a national leadership meeting of leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, and United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, which took place in Lagos, the Organised Labour also discarded the Federal Government’s plan to set up another high-powered Technical Committee on the new minimum wage, with the description that it is “diversionary and delay tactics.”
The communiqué is as thus: “Consequently, the meeting resolves as follows that the Federal Government is expected to transmit the New National Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly on or before December 31, 2018.
“We reject in its entirety the plan by the federal government to set up another high-powered technical Committee on the new national minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.
“Nigerian workers are urged to be vigilant and prepared to campaign and vote against candidates and Political Parties who are not supportive of the implementation of the New National Minimum Wage. Finally, Organised Labour will not guarantee industrial Peace and harmony if after the 31st of December 2018, the Draft Bill is not transmitted to the National Assembly.”