Minimum wage: NLC accuses governors of declaring war on workers

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said on Sunday
that governors of the 36 states of the federation
under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’
Forum have declared war on Nigerian workers by
saying they were no longer in a position to pay the
N18,000 minimum wage.

In a statement signed by its President, Comrade
Ayuba Wabba, the NLC said the declaration by the
governors was an attempt to frustrate efforts by
organized labour to table a proposal for a review of
the current minimum wage which was signed in

The NLC said it was prepared to fight any attempt
to frustrate improved workers’ welfare in the
country, saying organized labour was ready to do
battle to raise the living standard of Nigerian

The congress said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is
shocked by the statement credited to the Chairman
of the Governors’ Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari,
that the N18,000 National Minimum Wage
promulgated into law in 2011 was no longer
sustainable because of the fall in the price of crude

“The governor who was speaking on behalf of his
colleagues at the end of a meeting of the Forum
also claimed that the National Minimum Wage was

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this
attempt to reverse the National Minimum Wage is
a declaration of war against the working people of
this country, and we would have no alternative
than to mobilize to respond to this act of
aggression by the political class on our welfare.

“For the records, the 2011 National Minimum Wage
came into existence after almost two years of
agitation and eventual negotiation by the tripartite
committee of government (represented by both the
federal and state governments), the Nigeria
Employers Consultative Association representing
other employers (in the private sector) and
organized Labour.

“This is in the best tradition of tripartite negotiation
recognized and codified by the International
Labour Organization. As organized Labour, we
submitted a request for N52,000 and provided
justification for it as the minimum wage which a
worker and his recognized legal dependents needs
to live a healthy life over 30 – 31 days in a month.”

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