The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest as from March 10 over alleged attempt by the National Assembly to remove the minimum wage from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List.
It also threatened to picket fuel station over alleged hoarding of petrol by filling stations thus creating a scarcity of the product in the country.
Arising from labour’s emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, NLC President Ayuba Wabba said the congress would resist any attempt to destroy the working class. The umbrella labour union said the protest will hold in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly.
The House of Representatives, last weekend, debated a Bill to remove the powers to negotiate wage matters from the Exclusive to the Concurrent list. It cited the inability of some governors to pay the current 30,000 naira minimum wage for the move.
The Bill, which was sponsored by Garba Datti Mohammed of Sabon Gari Federal Constituency, Kaduna State had passed the 1st and 2nd reading in February 2021.
EDITOR: AYABA UMEZI.