By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Chairman of the Anambra State Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Jerry Nnubia on Wednesday described the implementation of the national minimum wage in the state as haphazard.
Nnubia disclosed this while addressing the speaker and some members of Anambra State House of Assembly, during a protest by the organised labour, against moving minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.
He expressed worry that if the minimum wage is moved from the exclusive list to current, many state governments will force workers to resign or accept whatever is offered to them as salary.
Nnubia added, “The minimum wage in Anambra State as far as we are concerned is implemented haphazardly and we don’t want to bother ourselves with that today.
“If the minimum wage is moved from the exclusive list to current, many state governments will force workers to resign or accept whatever is offered to them as salary.
“If the minimum wage of N30,000, which has not been paid in many states is left for states to decide who gets what as salary, some will ask workers to resign if they do not want to collect what they can pay.”
According to the labour leader, there is need for the country to have a national benchmark for the minimum wage, saying, “There is the need for it to still remain on the exclusive list.
“The labour sees the move as a step against the working class in Nigeria. The labour is afraid that some state governments may use it to frustrate workers out of services.
In his reaction, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Uche Okafor assured the workers that the House will do its best to protect workers in the state.
He said they will add their voices to that of others across the country to ensure Nigerian workers do not suffer.