NLC talks tough over new minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has expressed worry over the delay in the constitution of Minimum Wage Committee by the Federal Government.

It said this would be discussed during the next meeting of its National Executive Committee.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had said on July 6, 2017 that the Federal Government would constitute the Minimum Wage Committee before the end of July.

But NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said the NLC had complained repeatedly that the constitution of the committee to commence negotiation for the new minimum wage for workers was being delayed.

“We have complained about this delay (in the constitution of the Minimum Wage Committee. We believe that the constitution of the committee and the work of the committee have been unduly delayed by the government.

“We don’t understand what they (government) are doing, they make promises but they don’t fulfill them”, he told Punch.

“They told us they were going to constitute but they have not and all that it takes is for them to announce a chairman and the secretary for all the stakeholders to bring in their own members.

“If government fails to act and the facts are presented to the meeting, workers themselves will direct us on what to do and we will do it.”

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