— Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has demanded that all employers of labour in Nigeria, especially the federal and state government, to commence the payment of the signed 30,000 minimum wage as soon as possible.
— The jointed union force also thanked President Buhari and the National Assembly for their contributions in the signing of the new wage.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, which alongside with the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, comprises the Organised Labour of Nigeria, has asked that the already implemented minimum wage should be initiated immediately.
The Union has also commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in avtualizing the passing of the new national minimum wage into law.
In a statement released by Peter Ozo-Eson, the General Secretary of the NLC, to journalists on Friday said that the signing of the bill into law was only the first step in the process. He further call for the swift implementation of the law by all concerned, given that the process has dragged on for about two years already.
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Peter Ozo-Eson especially urged all employers of labour, particularly federal and state governments, to begin negotiations with all appropriate unions on the possibility of passing the new wage structure into action.
Likewise, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, showed its delight in the passing of the bill by both the National Assembly and the Presidency.
In a statement signed by the President of the TUC, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and the Secretary General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, the union made it known that the new wage would most definitely give the workers a sense of belonging.
The TUC equally said that while the organised labour they appreciated the approval of the new wage, they believe that the increase in wage have been affected by the persistent inflation in prices of commodities. Even now that the employers have not commenced payment of the new wage.
According to the statement: “the N30, 000 monthly National Minimum Wage that we are even asking for to a family of six actually amounts to less than N50 per meal per person. It is exclusive of utility bills, school fees, etc.
“Given our extended family system as Africans we are also expected to once in a while extend hands of fellowship to parents, in-laws, relations, friends who have lost their jobs, brothers and people of the same faith.
“We recall that some lawmakers promised to give the wage bill supersonic attention whenever it was brought before them and they have kept to their word. To us it means we still have men and women with milk of kindness left in them.”
The TUC finally pleaded with the President, the National Assembly and good citizens of the country to persuade all governors to pay workers their due salaries and pensioners their pensions when due, so as to avoid crisis in the industrial sector.