Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 4 July 2019 | 1,188 times
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, called for understanding and patriotism from the union, demanding that Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) should not embark on industrial action over the delay in implementation of the N30,000 monthly minimum wage.
Lawan who received the executives of the NLC and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, (PASAN) led by Ayuba Waba and Sunday Sabiyi, in Abuja, urged them to shelve the proposed strike action.
Noting that some states had started paying the agreed minimum wage, he said: “We should not encourage personal issue to overshadow our collective responsibility to nation building.
“We will journey with you to ensure absolute implementation of the minimum wage by the Federal government,” Lawan pleaded.
The Senate President called on PASAN to collaborate with the management and leadership of the National Assembly, urging it to present issue-based arguments, instead on engaging strike action to press home its demands.
He also said the ninth assembly would not be distracted, but remain focused in pursuing growth in every sector of the country.
The NLC President pledged the commitment and collaboration of the labour unions to the legislators.
On his part, the PASAN Chairman used the occasion to present the demands of the parliamentary staff in National Assembly.
Sabiyi listed the demands to include implementation of 2018 arrears of 28 per cent and balance of 50 per cent consolidated legislative salary, implementation of condition of service recently approved by the eight National Assembly, training of staff, health insurance and life insurance premium.
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