The organized labour has called for the immediate passage of the National Minimum Wage bill into law as soon as the committee concludes negotiation. President of the United Labour Congress, Mr Joe Ajaero, made the called at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting in Lagos today.
The committee is expected to wrap up negotiation on the minimum wage bill in August. Ajaero said that the minimum wage negotiation has dragged on for too long and the committee should endeavour to meet up with the deadline.
The ULC president also called for the immediate payment of arrears of severance packages owed to defunct Nigeria Airways workers and Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). According to him, this is necessary to end the suffering of forty-eight thousand electricity workers whose payment was not fully made and two thousand others who were not paid at all.
Ajaero said that in spite of various negotiations on the issue nothing has been achieved. The labour leader called on the National Assembly to review exiting industrial relations and other labour laws to alien with modern reality in work places.