MINIMUM WAGE: Gov. Yari Is Using Blackmail Against Nigerian Workers - NLC
The Nigeria Labour Congress and pensioners union have an advice for President Muhammadu Buhari.
They want President Muhammadu Buhari to beware of members of Nigeria Governors’ Forum whom they described as anti-workers.
They alleged that such governors were working to frustrate the NLC agreement with the Federal Government on the payment of N30,000 as the new minimum wage.
The governors had, after the NGF meeting on Wednesday, said states would have to downsize their workforce to be able pay the amount.
In a statement signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, the union said the NGF had no constitutional right to speak on behalf of every state in Nigeria.
It accused the forum Chairman, Abdulaziz Yari, who is also the Governor of Zamfara State, of championing a threat against the Nigerian workers.
The statement added that labour union members would ensure that anti-workers governors were voted out in 2019.
The statement read, “The attention of the NLC, the organised labour, the working class, pensioners and their families has been drawn to a statement credited to the Chairman of the NGF, Yari, threatening to sack workers on the account of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
“The 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) recognises individual states in the collective bargaining process, not NGF. The states, like the other social partners, have already defended their positions during negotiations at the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiation Committee vis-à-vis counter proposals.
“Yari should desist from using the platform of the NGF to seek political relevance. His tactics of blackmail against workers are already time worn and the stench is already offensive. We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election.”
It added, “Organised labour and Nigerian workers call on President Buhari to be wary of some people, especially in the NGF because they are wont, for selfish and personal reasons, to present him (Buhari) as an anti-worker President and by extension orchestrate anti-Buhari sentiments in the populace.”