The organized labour unions in Nigeria have vowed to resist renegotiation of New National Minimum Wage, when passed into law.
The National President, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing workers at the Eagles Square, Abuja to mark this year International Workers’ Day.
Wabba said the unions would not allow any state or private sector to renegotiate the new minimum wage.
According to him: “We won’t allow old practice where state governments and private sector usually renegotiates minimum wage. This is not going to happen again”.
He advised state governments and private sector players to submit their positions to tripartite committee on National Minimum Wage set up by federal government.
The Union leader advised federal government not to miss the timeline set for passage of the new wage for Nigerian workers.
Meanwhile, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who represented the president at the event called on The Tripartite Committee to complete their assignments on time.
He admitted that the N18,000 minimum wage is now obsolete based on economic reality in Nigeria.
Osinbajo noted that minimum wage is in the exclusive list as enshrined 1999 Constitution, but federal government needs to carry states and other stakeholders along in order to facilitate hitch free implementation.
He reiterated the commitment of President Buhari’s administration towards improving workers’ welfare nationwide.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige and other government functionaries attended the event.