Minimum wage: NLC worried over president's delay of minimum wage
Joseph Omotayo|April. 11, 2019
- Nigeria Labour Congress has said it is concerned over President Muhammadu Buhari's delay in signing bill
- The congress said it is bothered that that despite various committees' efforts, the bill still has not been assented
- The NLC said those working in the private sector too are also expecting the signing of the bill into law
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in signing the national minimum wage bill.
The NLC general secretary, Peter Ozon-Eson, showed how worried the congress is in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, April 11, in Abuja.
Ozon-Eson said the delay has affected the union’s movement, saying the labour is bothered that it has taken the president this long.
The general secretary said with all the processes it took to setting up the various committees for the bill, he did not expect signing it into law will be so delayed.
In his words: “We had thought that given all processes before arriving at that point, the long delay in setting up a tripartite committee, the long period before the tripartite committee to now finalise and all the debates that had gone on.’’
“We thought that this was something Mr President would assent to very quickly because as we had earlier indicated, we would want this implementation to be before May.
“Our position is to call on Mr President to, without further delay, assent to the new national minimum wage bill, so that workers can start to enjoy the new minimum wage implementation before May Day.’’
The NLC secretary also said that people working in the private sector are also that those working in the private sector are waiting for the bill to be passed.
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In a joint statement issued in Owerri by the state chairmen of NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC); and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC); Austin Chilakpu, Nkim Tangban, Aloy Iwuanyanwu respectively, the organizations demanded the salaries of workers.