The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it would embark on a nationwide protest Wednesday over purported moves by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.
In a statement confirming the development, the NLC said the protest will hold in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly.
This comes two weeks after the House of Representatives debated a bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the exclusive to the concurrent list, citing the inability of state governors to pay the N30,000 minimum wage as being the reason behind it.
But a communique jointly signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and the acting General Secretary of the NLC, Ismail Bello, said the bill is an attempt to undermine Nigeria’s working class.
“The NEC decided that there will be a national protest action commencing from March 10, 2021, in the Federal Capital Territory and especially to the National Assembly,” the communiqué read.
“The NEC decided that should the need arise, it has empowered the National Administrative Council of the NLC to declare and enforce a national strike action, especially if the legislators continue on the ruinous path of moving the national minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.”
Labour has come under criticism for being passive in the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The once robust union has sat idly by as prices of essential commodities, including petrol and power, rise steadily.
They have also being largely silent on matters of rights abuses and erosion of democratic norms in the country.