Labour replies governors over sack threat
The organised Labour has responded to the Nigeria Governors Forum threat of downsizing, if it members must pay ₦30,000 minimum wage.
The NGF on Wednesday night kick against the tripartite report submitted to President Mohammad Buhari over new minimum wage.
The governors who believes in all 36 states in Nigeria, it is only Lagos state that can afford the proposed ₦30,000 new minimum wage.
The governors forum chairman, Yari said, unless the organised labour want some of its members retrenched, the states cannot pay ₦30,000.
In his reaction, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said that the governors should not mix up the issue of negotiation for minimum wage with sacking or employing workers.
According to him, the organised labour was only interested in pursuing what would be the minimum wage of workers and ensuring that the workers were not subjected to slave/master situation in their country.
Ozo-Eson said, “The process of downsizing is governed by an established process under the International Labour Organisation Convention.
“We are not discussing downsizing of the workforce or employment of workers.
“What we are discussing is the minimum wage.
We want to know exactly what the minimum wage is. The issue of downsizing is of collective bargaining.
The issues should not be mixed. We don’t want workers to be slaves to their employers.”