Minimum Wage Is Beyond Politics - NLC
Nigerian workers are bent on getting a 30,000-naira minimum wage from the government.
In fact, despite government’s commitment by making provision in the 2019 budget, labour unions are still threatening to embark on strike come January 8.
Now, the Gombe Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress is talking tough, cautioning against what it has described as the politicisation of the proposed 30,000-naira national minimum wage.
Mr Haruna Kamara, the state NLC Chairman, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Thursday that the struggle for minimum wage was a struggle for the emancipation of workers.
“People should not join the issue of the struggle for national minimum wage, the welfare of Nigeria workers and pensioners with politics.
“This has been the norm in the past as political stakeholders often accuse labour of supporting the opposition. In 2013/2014 when we had a similar situation, many accused labour of being political with minimum wage.
“Then the struggle for the welfare of workers was perceived by many as a window to bring in the opposition and today the same thing is being said of labour.”
Continuing, he said: “Those mixing labour struggle with politics are beneficiaries of the present predicament of the Nigerian workers.
“Our struggle for workers is constitutionally time-bound and not a product of the decisions of labour leaders. Our struggle is for the emancipation of workers.”
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