The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in its response to the threat issued by the Nigerian Governors Forum over the N30,000 national minimum wage, said that it will not be intimidated.
NLC vehemently condemned the NGF over its threat to sack workers if state governors must pay N30,000 as minimum wage.
The statement was issued by the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, on Thursday in Abuja.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, the Chairman of NGF, had on Wednesday night stated that to meet up with the N30,000 minimum wage, Labour might witness sack nationwide.
Mr. Wabba however noted that such threat was not new in the struggle for review of national minimum wage.
“Therefore, the current one by the governor of Zamfara cannot be used to intimidate labour.
“The consequences of workers retrenchment are too grievous for any political office holder truly elected by the people to contemplate.
“Few political office holders are bent on enslaving Nigerian workers with peanuts mislabeled as salaries.
“We urge such elected public officials to subject their humongous salaries and allowances, reputed to be among the highest in the world to public perusal.
“Pro rata with the minimum wage they want to force down the throats of Nigerian workers,” he said.
“To the oppressors, we have only one answer for you, we will never sleep on our rights.
“We hereby reiterate our directive to Nigerian workers to vote out any politician or political party that refuses to pay the new national minimum wage of N30, 000.
“We shall continue to consolidate our efforts to strengthen already existing platforms and structures to give teeth to our resolve to vote out anti-labour governors and politicians in the forthcoming 2019 general election,” Wabba added.