The Organised Labour and the Federal Government may be heading for a collision course as workers converged on Abuja on Thursday to take a final decision on their demands for upward review of the N18,000 Minimum Wage
Workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, said the current Minimum Wage was due for a review five years after commencement of the payment as contained in the Minimum Wage Act
Addressing the National Executive Council members of the Union, President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, warned against further delay in the payment of workers salary by some state governments and called for immediate prosecution of politicians indicted for corruption
The meeting is expected to come out with a definite time to commence negotiations with government on wage review and take position on whether or not to declare strikes in states owing workers salary.
Not less than 19 states across the federation are in difficulty of paying workers’ salaries. The federal government has proposed a “bail-out” arrangement to provide soft loans to the affected states which will be gradually withdrawn from their monthly allocation.