Posted by Grand News | 17 December 2018 | 551 times
State Governors have been urged to include the payment of the new national minimum wage in their 2019 Appropriation Bills.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who made the counsel, said the idea is to avoid friction and crisis in the New Year.
Speaking in an interview with The Nation, NLC President Ayuba Wabba said the minimum expectations from workers as the President presents the national budget “is for provisions to be made in the budget for the implementation of the minimum wage.”
Wabba, who recently became the first African and the first black man to be elected President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), described as unfortunate that workers continued to bear the brunt of economic hardship, with nobody fighting their cause whenever the economy improves.
He said that governors only say they cannot implement the minimum wage because of how they have handled the resources at their disposal, saying the issue has nothing to do with the availability of resources.
“Legally, the minimum wage due and the President has openly told the world that he is committed to it. Our minimum expectation is that the minimum wage be accommodated in the budget and for workers to actually begin to benefit from it,” Wabba said.
“There is no two way about this because it is legitimately due. So, Nigerian workers should not be made to suffer the consequences of what they are not responsible for. When the economy is doing well, nobody bothers about workers. But when the economy is worse, the workers will be at the receiving end because in most cases, they are not paid.
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