Minimum Wage: Nlc directs States to begin strike

As report filters in that Nigeria has exited recession, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday directed its members in States yet to implement N30,000 minimum wage to brace up for immediate industrial action.

The directive was contained in a seven point communique released at the end of its National Executive Council(NEC) meeting in Abuja.

The NLC said more than one third of states are yet to implement the National minimum wage law, despite the fact that a review is already due.

On the report on electricity tariff, the NLC resolved that government should immediately address the conditions within its control that are driving up electricity tariff in Nigeria and called for a review of the power sector privatization programme which is already overdue for review since the law provides for a review of the privatization program after every two years.

The NEC also called for the reduction of the cost of gas to 1.5 cents and also the scrapping of the use of US and Nigeria inflation rates to determine the cost of gas to GENCOs, while calling on government to step up on the mass distribution of meters to electricity consumers all over Nigeria and setting up of an oversight task force outside the purview of NERC and DISCOs;

The NLC NEC resolved to reject deregulation as long as it is import driven and reiterated the traditional position of Congress that government should rehabilitate and revamp Nigeria’s local refineries as a sustainable solution to incessant increases in the pump price of petrol.

The NLC rejected the concession of Nigeria’s airports and other considerations for privatization describing such as great disservice to the Nigerian people and a betrayal of the efforts of Nigerian workers especially those employed in the aviation sector.

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