Minimum Wage: Union backs NLC’s 14-day ultimatum

Danielle Bem-Sar, Makurdi


The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreation Services Employees, (AUPCTRE), has backed the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, on the 14 days ultimatum given to the Nigerian Government to implement the new minimum wage.

They promised that if at the end of the 14 days, the Nigerian Government fails to implement it, they will be forced to down tools and shut down the country.

It would be recalled that on September 12, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Mr Ayuba Wabba, issued a two week ultimatum, saying that the tripartite committee was not pleased with the comments alleged to have been made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

Speaking to Journalists at the North Central Zonal Council Meeting of the Union on Thursday in Makurdi, the National President, Mr Anthony Benjamin said the minimum wage review was three years overdue but the body language of the Federal Government suggests that they are not ready or willing to give Nigerians the Minimum wage deserved.

“This is unacceptable and we will support NLC to ensure that The Government gives in or we will come out enmasse to do whatever the NLC directs us to do,” he said.

He also stressed the need for trade unions saying that unions help to speak for many voiceless and that his administration is determined and will not relent to put the AUPCTRE  on the right footing

Industrial Relations
The State Chairman of AUPCTRE Mr Aloysius Umaja who spoke to VON said that the council is seriously concerned and worried over the state of affairs in the Nation particularly as it bothers on industrial relations.

Umaja noted that the high wave of casualization, outsourcing and total neglect of Governmental infrastructure in the face of unemployment and the ageing civil service among other social services provide no single good for labour rather a bleak and uncertain future

He therefore appealed to Government at all levels to take urgent step towards saving the civil service.