The Nigeria Labour Congress, Edo State chapter says it will boycott the 2019 general election if the N30,000 minimum wage bill was not transmitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman, Edo State NLC, spoke on Tuesday in Benin, when he led a protest march to Government House to press for the payment of the new minimum wage.
Ademokun said Nigerian workers were the least paid in the world, noting: “It must be N30,000 minimum wage on or before election or no election.
“We are here to express our grievances over the non-transmission of the N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly, because we are aware that the bill has been presented to the President.
“Workers must decide who will govern them.”
Ademokun said the union had no issue with the Edo State Government as regards workers welfare, noting that the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, had promised to pay the N30,000 when passed into law.
Ademokun presented a copy of the union’s notice of impending strike to Obaseki.
Responding, Obaseki reassured them of his administration’s readiness to pay whatever amount was passed into law.
The governor, who was represented by the Head of Service, Isaac Ehiozuwa, said Edo State was “workers’ friendly.”
He said the state had gone ahead to pay N25,000 minimum wage when other states were still paying N18,000.
He said: “The NLC chairman has said it all.
“The state is labour friendly and we will implement whatever is passed into law by the National Assembly.”
Obaseki commended the union for the peaceful conduct of the protest and assured that the workers would smile at the end of the day.