As Nigeria marks her Democracy Day today, May 29, the Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Federal Government to use the occasion of the celebration to announce the composition of a tripartite negotiation committee on the national minimum wage.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, stated this in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja, ahead of Democracy Day celebration.
Wabba, who recalled that the minimum wage was increased to N18, 000 six years ago, noted that the patience of workers had been over-stretched due to the current inflation in the country.
“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to use the occasion of Democracy Day to announce the composition of a tripartite negotiation committee as this is imperative for the government to review the national minimum wage,” he said.
The labour leader also frowned at the recent coup rumour, saying labour was opposed to any move to truncate the current democratic dispensation.
“The NLC wishes to state in the strongest possible tone that it is categorically opposed to any further military adventurism in the body politics of our nation.
“The damage military rule caused our nation is not only in the realm of our political culture, it deepened and virtually institutionalised corruption in all the segments of our national life,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has approved a 29-member tripartite committee on a new minimum wage being agitated for by the workers.