NLC advocates national lockdown, job, wage protection

…demands cash grants for workers in informal sector    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to lockdown the country to all forms of activities except those providing essential goods and services to the citizenry. Congress, while expressing fear over the fast spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), noted that its initial fear on the efficacy of the self-isolation strategy as deployed by government had become a reality, given the increasing number of persons infected with the scourge, including its members. In a statement made available to newsmen…

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COVID-19: NLC advocates employees working from home

…faults self-isolation strategy for returnees …wants petroleum products refined locally   As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections increases in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), yesterday, said it had become necessary for workers to be encouraged to work from home in order to mitigate further spread of the pandemic. The labour union raised concerns that the increasing spread of the virus could lead to large scale services withdrawal in various establishments if decisive steps were not taken to halt the trend. President of the NLC,…

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NLC tasks NHIS on enrollees’ dialogue forum

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to reconsider restoring its defunct forum, which helped to protect and advance the rights and privileges of enrollees under the scheme. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who made the call while addressing a technical meeting of stakeholders to review the NHIS Drug Price List and Service Tariff List, in Abuja, recalled that in the past NHIS had in place a forum for regular dialogue with labour, for conversations around enhancing the quality of services…

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NLC urges governors to pay minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged some of the state governors that are yet to pay the N30,000 minimum wage to do so without delay, or face the wrath of the workers. The leadership of the organised labour, headed by the President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba made the call yesterday during the opening session of the 2020 Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. He challenged those state governors, who are yet to pay the workers the minimum wage to do so, or contend with…

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NLC to govs: Negotiations on new wage must end Dec 31

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reminded state governors that all negotiations on the new minimum wage and consequential adjustments must be concluded on or before December 31st, 2019. In a Christmas message released yesterday in Abuja, President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, warned that defaulting states should be ready to face the wrath of Congress in the beginning of the coming year. He maintained that Congress would continue to push for an expeditious implementation of the new national minimum wage in all the states of Nigeria, as workers…

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Workers deserve decent minimum wage –NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared that workers deserve to earn a decent minimum wage for their contributions to wealth creation. President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who made this known at a rally to mark the 2019 Decent Work Day with the theme “Invest in the care economy”, yesterday, in Abuja, maintained that there cannot be a decent work without decent wages. Wabba urged the three tiers of government to commence full implementation of the N30,000 national minimum wage across the country. Represented by the Second Internal…

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NLC appeals against attacking of South African businesses

Following the cruel attacks, killings and destruction of properties belonging to Nigerians in South Africa, the Nigeria Labour Congress has appealed to Nigerians to desist from its ongoing retaliatory measures being carried out against businesses perceived to be owned by South Africans in the country. In a statement signed and made available to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, described the attacks against Nigerians in South Africa as “beastly and unacceptable”, with the capability of destroying the bilateral relations between both governments. Wabba, who strongly condemned…

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NLC demands immediate release of Sowore, other protesters

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has demanded the immediate release of the organiser of #RevolutionNow, Mr. Omoyele Sowore and other protesters who were arrested on Monday in different states for taking to the streets. In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, NLC General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said the attack and arrest of protesters was a violation of fundamental human rights as contained in the Nigerian constitution. Ozo-Eson, who said the constitution does not empower soldiers to attack peaceful protesters as they have no role whatsoever in the management…

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NLC seeks embargo on employment

The Borno State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the state Governor Babagana Zulum to lift embargo on employment. The Chairman of the congress, Mr Bulama Abiso, while making the call in Maiduguri, also commended the governor for releasing N1 billion for payment of 34 months pension arrears owed retired workers in the state, adding that the union was prepared to initiate sound programmes to improve workers’ welfare. Describing the payment of pensioners as a welcome development, he said the state government had adopted proactive measures to address…

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NLC to FG: Adopt stick-and-carrot approach in dealing with Shi’ites

…says no group should hold Nigeria to ransom   The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday called on the Federal Government to adopt a stick-and-carrot approach in dealing with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, whose recent protests had been marred with violence leading to loss of lives and property. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, described the continued confrontation between the police and members of the sect, who have been protesting the continued detention of their leader,…

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