Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has vowed to lead the workers in protests against wage reduction by any state governor who attempts to reduce the national minimum wage of N18, 000.
Oshiomhole’s decision comes after the two labour centres in the country unfolded plans to present a new minimum wage proposal to the Federal Government for promulgation into law.
Oshiomhole told labour leaders that he was ready to back the NLC in protests against his governors colleagues.
His words: “I have told my fellow governors that when the going gets tough, everybody will answer his father’s name. I am not and I will not support any government, any governor, federal or state that misunderstood the problem to focus on the weakest link.
“Be assured that you can count on me. If you want to organize protest, I will join. I will not only join to protest against refusal to pay minimum wage, but to press for the idea of minimum wage to be sustained.”
Speaking at the sixth quadrennial national delegates conference of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in Abuja, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said both the NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) are currently working on the modalities on wage structure that would be in tune with the prevailing economic realities in the country.
He declared that the declaration of inability to pay in the face of dwindling fortune of the country by some governors would not deter labour from demanding a new minimum wage.
He argued that beside the fact that the National Minimum Wage Act is due for review after five years it become law, the current purchasing power of the Naira is making the N18, 000 minimum wage unsustainable.
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