Abuja – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will not accept the reversal of the N18, 000 minimum wage or cut in salaries under the pretext of dwindling state finances.
This was contained in a statement made available in Abuja on Monday and signed by Mr Joe Ajaero, the Acting President of the union.
The statement said that the NLC would not accept the impoverishment of Nigerian workers by lack of vision and planning by some leaders.
“Nigerians have been made to suffer for too long due to the profligacy of our rulers, and the Congress will not accept additional suffering being heaped on them.
“The Federal and State Governments have the duty and responsibility to pay wages as and when due without any cut.
“If these were to occur, Labour and its allies would have no choice but to resist.”
It advised President Goodluck Jonathan to reduce the high cost of governance as promised and ensure more devolution of powers and resources to the states and the local governments.
“The NLC demands from the Federal and State Governments not to take steps that can worsen the political and security situation in the country.
“If they do, they shall be endangering the collective interest of the good people of our country and be testing their resolve on sovereignty.”
It said that “recent statements by government officials pointed to an intention to further increase the price of fuel and deepen the poverty of the populace.
“The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had declared that the excess crude fund had been depleted to 3.6 billion dollars.
The statement added: “The Central Bank Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had made the hints clearer in a follow-up statement at the weekend in New York.
“ He said a reduction in the price of crude oil “would lead to a massive depreciation of the currency, a collapse in the reserves and a huge growth in deficits.
“With this, he declared that many states would be unable to pay salaries.” (NAN)