Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State for standing on the side of workers by insisting that the N18, 000 minimum wage is sacrosanct and threatened to mobilise against any state government that tinkers with the minimum wage of workers.
Edo State branch of the NLC in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting in Benin City yesterday, described as satanic and retrogressive, the resolve by some State Governors to review downwards, the current minimum wage of Civil Servants in the country.
Signed by Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman and Comrade B.S Kadiri, Acting Secretary, the Communique noted that that some of the governors “who rose to power on the shoulders of the working people and paraded themselves as progressives could contemplate reduction of workers’ salary as a way out of the economic downturn.”
“The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State Chapter at its meeting held on the 27th of November, 2015 examined the state of the nation with particular reference to the recent statement of the Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum,” the union said.
The NLC called, “on the Governors to have a rethink as history is about to record them in the darkest letter as they must note that the workers’ salary is the basis of our local economy were everybody is a beneficiary; market women, artisan and all other trades and therefore call on the Governors to retract their steps and abandon their satanic resolution for a progressive and more honourable idea.
“It is also noted that the current minimum wage is overdue for upward review. Therefore, the Federal Government should be prepared to negotiate a new minimum wage that will improve the living standard of the Nigeria workers.”


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