(By Silas Ofori)-Disappointed by alleged lack of commitment on the side of the federal government towards the implementation of the proposed N30,000 minimum wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has urged workers to prepare for a prolonged strike in the new year.
This indication was given by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, NLC president in his new year message in Abuja, adding that workers would be left with no other option than to enforce their right should their appeal to government to urgently transmit the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly fail.
He described 2018 as one of the most traumatic for workers because of the failure of government to send the proposal for the implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000 to the National Assembly.
Comrade Wabba said: “It is unfortunate that the Federal Government is yet to transmit to the National Assembly an executive bill for the enactment of N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.
“Government’s dilly-dallying on the issue has strained Government-Labour relations with a potential for a major national strike which could just be days away.
“Accordingly, we would use this opportunity to appeal to the Government to do the needful by urgently transmitting the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.
“We also would like to use this same opportunity to urge workers to fully mobilise for a prolonged national strike and enforce their right,” he said.
The labour leader also advised workers to vote out any candidate that is not committed to their welfare in Nigeria’s election year, even as he urged government at all levels to consider workers as assets and partners in development rather than liabilities.