Minimum wage: NLC cautions governors in opposition to dictatorial tendencies

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Friday cautioned state governors in opposition to exhibiting dictatorial tendencies amidst the latest statements made by some governors relating to their need to pay what they deem match to Nigerian employees because the minimal wage.

“This notion is not only dictatorial but also undermines the very essence as well as the model adopted for creating a national minimum wage in Nigeria,” NLC’s spokesperson, Benson Upah made this identified in an announcement despatched to The PUNCH in Abuja.

Explaining the idea of a nationwide minimal wage, Upah famous that it’s not an arbitrary choice, saying, “It represents a national wage floor, a baseline below which no worker in the law should be paid. This threshold is a collective agreement that ensures a minimum standard of living for every worker in the law. The Governors’ demand to unilaterally determine the minimum wage negates this principle and threatens the welfare of Nigerian workers and the national economy.”

Upah careworn that it was necessary to remind the governors that the nationwide minimal wage will not be synonymous with the person pay construction of the states which they implement religiously, reflecting their distinctive monetary capabilities and circumstances.

He additional added that the range in pay construction underscores the flexibleness that already exists inside the system, permitting states to reward their employees in alignment with their monetary realities.

“Furthermore, the governors’ argument seems inconsistent when juxtaposed with the remuneration of political officeholders. Why is there no hue and cry when political officeholders throughout the nation obtain uniform salaries as decided by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission?

“These double standards which pit a few privileged against the majority poor is an issue that should be of concern to those who love this country.”

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Upah additional stated the NLC is deeply involved by what it tagged as a “blatant display of ignorance” relating to the worldwide finest practices for nationwide minimal wage by a few of these governors.

He stated it was evident that, regardless of their frequent travels overseas, they’ve intentionally chosen to not educate themselves on elementary world points essential to profitable governance.

“This degree of self-imposed ignorance on primary industrial relations issues clearly illustrates why our nation is poorly ruled, leading to unacceptable struggling of Nigerians. For this set of governors, we suggest a return to highschool for correct schooling as they represent a menace to our democracy.

“The pursuit by many governors to pay employees no matter they like deepens poverty and causes various dimensions of insecurity. The governors are carried away by their current construction of safety element however the sword of Damocles awaits them on exit from workplace.

“It’s unlucky that employees’ salaries are sometimes seen as charity reasonably than the hard-earned earnings of hardworking Nigerians. It is equally painful that a few of these governors fail to grasp that employees’ salaries considerably drive the financial system. Not surprisingly, they prioritise their greed over the wants of peculiar residents.

“The fate of Nigerian workers cannot be left solely in the hands of employers, whether public or private. No sane society does that. What the governors are asking for is akin to allowing numerous companies and organisations in Nigeria to pay workers whatever they like. While these companies may not pay the same salaries, they must adhere to the national wage floor, and the same should apply to state governors.”



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