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Labour warns governors on minimum wage

The labour movement in Nigeria has charged state governors to implement the new National Minimum Wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Deputy President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Dr Nasir Idris, stated this at a pre-May Day sensitisation rally on Monday in Abuja.

The theme of the Pre-May Day Rally tagged “March for jobs, labour rights and shared prosperity,” was organised by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

According to Dr Nasir Idris, governors must put machinery in place to ensure that they implement the N30,000 minimum wages for workers in the country.

“The NLC and TUC will not condone any governor that failed to implement it for his workers.

“We want to assure workers that any governor that refused to implement the new minimum wage for workers, we are going to make the state unbearable for him.

“We will do anything humanly possible and we are going to use our might and strength to ensure that they implement that minimum wage,’’ he said.

Idris called on the management of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to set the ball rolling for the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Also, NLC Deputy president, Mr Najeem Yashin said the rally was to sensitise workers on the May Day celebration and why they should come out en-mass to celebrate the day.

Mr Yashin said that on May Celebration the Nigeria Labour movement would be calling on the Federal Government and the State government to ensure that the new minimum wage was implemented to the letter.

Speaking, President Civil Service Union of Nigeria, Mr Lawrence Amechi said the march became necessary as the Pre-May Symposium was suspended.

Amechi, however, added that any state that refuses to pay would face the full wrath of the union.

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