Reporter : LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
The organized labour Abia State chapter Wednesday joined its counterparts across the country to stage a peaceful protest over a bill at the national Assembly to remove National Minimum wage from the Exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list.
Addressing journalists, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress Abia State, Comrade Eze Idima, said that labour decided to embarked on the peaceful protest to express their rejection of the proposed bill for the removal of minimum wage from exclusive list to concurrent list.
He said that by removing minimum wage from the Exclusive legislative list, it would not go well for Nigerian workers as some state Governors were finding it difficult to pay the minimum wage.
Also, the state Chairman Trade Union Congress, Comrade Sunny Onwuma, said that by removing the national minimum wage from exclusive legislative list to concurrent list, it would increase the plight of workers, especially those working under goverment employ
The labour protesters on arrival at the Abia State House of Assembly complex were not received by any of House members as the complex was under lock and was guarded by security operatives.
Radio Nigeria observed that the organized labour made up of Nigeria labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) marched on major streets in Umuahia carrying various placards with inscriptions, including “Say no to minimum wage on concurrent list and yes on exclusive legislative list,” “Removing minimum wage from exclusive list is a declaration of war on Nigerian workers.”