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Minimum Wage: Labour reacts to Govs threat, orders workers to ...

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday asked its members to vote out state governors opposing the proposed N30,000 minimum wage.

It added that it would not be intimidated by threat from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) to sack workers if the new national minimum wage is implemented.

NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, and made available to IGBERE TV News via mail.

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IGBERE TV News had reported that the governors under the auspices of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) said paying N30, 000 new minimum wage would lead to bankruptcy, adding that only Lagos and Rivers States could afford it.

The Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the NGF, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, also said it was impossible to implement the N30,000 minimum wage without downsizing the workforce all over the country.

Reacting to the governors’ stance, Wabba said Nigerian workers would vote out any governor, who refuses to implement as the new minimum wage.

He said threat to sack workers is not new to the union, “therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara cannot be used to intimidate labour.”

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