Respect labour laws, organised labour urges Benue, Imo, Nasarawa govs

ORGANISED Labour has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige to immediately prevail on the governors of Benue, Imo and Nasarawa states to respect  Nigeria labour laws, stop wage cut and arbitrary redeployment of workers to the farms as a way of avoiding full pay.

A NEC member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Issa Aremu, made this call on Tuesday, during the nationwide protest by the NLC against the recent alleged killing of two workers in Nasarawa State, by Government House security operatives.

Comrade Aremu, who is also the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Workers (NUTGTWN), stated that “Labour matters are on the exclusive Federal list of 1999 Constitution. It is therefore illegal and unconstitutional for these governors as employers of labour to arbitrarily violate the terms of contract of their workers with respect to pay and work schedule.”

It will be recalled that Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura had arbitrarily cut workers’ pay by 50 per cent and also threatened to sack striking workers who protested his criminal 50 per cent wage cut and replace them with “fresh graduates”.