Minimum Wage: Protesting NLC Members Take Over Akwa Ibom Assembly

Minimum Wage: Protesting NLC Members Take Over Akwa Ibom Assembly
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By Iniobong Sunday, Uyo

Akwa Ibom workers under the aegis of the National Labour Congress (NLC) in the state have joined their colleagues all over the country to protest planned removal of their salaries from the exclusive legislative list into the concurrent regime.

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Led by the state chapter chairman, Comrade Sunny James, the protesters drawn from all affiliate unions, disrupted activities at the State House of Assembly complex for several hours on Wednesday.

However, the chairman who presented the grievances of the protesters, explained that their action, which he said was in line with the directive of the national body of the union, became necessary to forestall what he described as “workers unfriendly decision”.

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Describing the action as a total misnomer, James explained that such resolution, if allowed to stand, would lead to haphazard implementation of the minimum wage by state governors all over the country,

“If they succeed in removing the salaries and emoluments of workers from the exclusive legislative list, it means Akwa Ibom state would operate different salary structure and every other state will decide on what to pay their workers”, he explained.

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Urging the workers to resist the implementation of such policy, the state labour leader impressed it on the lawmakers to avoid being forced into taking any legislative action on the matter.

He warned that any federal lawmaker supporting the decision would face the fire of the NLC, adding that the union would not hesitate to drive the process of their recall by galvanizing voters to join the cause.

However, the Clark of the state House of Assembly, Mandu Umorem, who addressed the protesters on behalf of the leadership of the Assembly, assured that their grievances would be delivered to the appropriate authorities for action. She, therefore, appealed to the protesters to carry out their demonstration within the ambit of the law.

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