The Nigerian labour Congress has embarked on a protest over attempt by the National assembly to remove minimum wage structure from the exclusive legislative list to concurrent list.
The protest which was held in Enugu was in reaction to the move by a house of Representative member, Garba Mohammed, who sponsored the Bill that would alter the current wage structure if passed into law.
The NLC Chairman, Enugu State Chapter, Virginus Nwobodo who led the protest alongside his trade union Congress counterpart, on a visit to the state house of Assembly called for the immediate removal of the Bill which he described as evil that should not be tolerated.
Nwobodo while citing the inability of some state governors to pay the current 30,000 minimum wage said such move endangers the progress of the Nigerian workers who would be left at the mercy of their state governors who are constantly battling with the payment of the wage.
The State Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Ben Asogwa while stating that the Nigerian workers will resist every attempt by the National assembly to consider the Bill, warned members of the state house of Assembly to disassociate themselves from such anti-worker Bill or identify with such bill and become enemies to the state workers.
Uche Ugwu, the Deputy Speaker of the house who represented the Speaker, Edward Ubosi, while receiving the workers assured them of the continued support of the state workers by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led administration and the leadership of the state house of Assembly.
The protest was scheduled to hold in all the 36 States of the federation including the FCT where the organised labour paid the National assembly members a visit to express grievances over the attempt to undermine the nation’s working class.