April 16, 2021

Plateau Assembly to consult labour before adopting minimum wage bill

"Plateau State House of Assembly has never failed workers in the state and will not fail this time," said the House Speaker.

Plateau State House of Assembly has assured of constant dialogues with Labour Unions on matters affecting their welfare.

The House Speaker, Ayuba Abok told protesting workers, Wednesday that a contested Parliamentary bill to transfer powers to decide minimum wage from federal government to states will only be adopted after due consultations.

“Plateau State House of Assembly has never failed workers in the state and will not fail this time,” said the House Speaker.

The State Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Sunny Akinfolarin told the speaker that workers in the State were against the proposed removal of National Minimum Wage from executive legislative list to concurrent list.

He said, “The Nigerian workers frowns at the bill sponsored by one Mr. Garba Datti Mohammed, member representing Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Kaduna state at the national assembly and want the house never to accept the bill when it comes”.

The bill according to the labour leader, will empower governors to pay “ridiculous slave wages” which in the past led to prolonged industrial crises in the country.

Similarly, the state secretary of Trade Union Congress, Abubakar Umar said the Union’s will not accept the bill.

Similar protests are currently holding across the country.