The Presidency has warned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) not to disrupt the 2019 general election because of their agitation for new minimum wage.
Labour Union has given the Federal Government December 31st ultimatum to implement the N30,000 proposed minimum wage or to face indefinite industrial action.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture gave the warning in Abuja on Friday after a closed dor meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari while presenting 2019 budget before the joint session of the National Assembly has promised to set up a technical panel to review minimum wage, a decision labour has rejected.
However, President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organised labour’s reservations over Buhari’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.
“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another high powered technical committee on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics.”
But, Lai, who described the NLC as “a very patriotic union,” said he was confident the organised labour would not do anything to embarrass the government or Nigerians.
He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.
“Continuous engagement, I think, is the key. We will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.’’