By Victor Graham
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has commenced its nationwide protest over moves by the National Assembly to remove the national minimum wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.
The mass protest is holding in the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly and at the National Assembly in Abuja.
Affiliate unions and other labour organizations like the Trade Union Congress (TUC), are taking part in the nationwide protest.
The labour unions are angry that a bill seeking to remove the negotiation on minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list has passed the second reading in the House of Representatives.
The sponsor of the bill, Hon. Garba Mohammed (APC Kano), had said that the bill is to allow both the federal and state governments to freely negotiate minimum wage “with their workers in line with our federalism.”
However, the NLC has kicked against the plan, describing the bill as an attempt to undermine the nation’s s working class.
The protest is causing huge traffic gridlock in the affected areas as motorists and commuters have been caught up in the civil demonstration.