The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to vote out public officers that are kicking against the payment of minimum wage.
The President of the Congress, Ayuba Wabba, stated this in Abuja while reacting to complaints over non-payments of local government workers’ salaries, by the President of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ibrahim Khaleel.
Wabba called on the workers to obtain their voter’s card with a view to carrying out the threat issued to political office holders opposed to the minimum wage, as well as who contribute to non-payment of salaries across the states.
His words: “We must prepare to vote out governors or any political officer holder who is refusing to pay us salary. We must continue to lament. We have the power, so we must use it this time.
“Workers, pensioners and their households who are in one way or the other suffering the inhumane treatment of non-payment of workers’ wages must unite and voted these politicians out of office in the next election.’ ’
He tasked unions and workers to unite for a vibrant struggle against oppressive employers, adding: “Every member of the labour movement irrespective of the union must understand that it is only in unity that we can achieve our objective.
“Therefore, we all must in solidarity play our part in order to achieve success, so commitment which will of course bring us to working together is the key.
“And every leader no matter the union or association in the labour movement must consciously see, the welfare of its members as very essential in all we do.
“It is therefore important that anytime we have a need for national action, all affiliates must deem it sacrosanct to mobilise it members for such action. “