Members of Nigeria Labour Congress, LNC, in their hundreds, stormed the National Assembly complex in Abuja, demanding the withdrawal of a bill that would remove the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive to the concurrent legislative list.
According to the protesting workers, this move does not work in their favour, stressing that it is an attempt by some state governors and members of the National Assembly to short-change them.
The workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliates forced their way through the gate of the National Assembly despite attempts by security personnel to stop them.
They were received by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, who tried to pacify the protesters demanding to speak with the Senate President.
With both the Senate president and Speaker of the House of Representative absent, President of the NLC Ayuba Wabba again reiterated the position of the workers, saying if nothing is done to stop the bill, and ensure implementation of the national minimum wage, the organized labour would have no option than to embark on a national strike.
Wabba had earlier stated that the protest was to ensure that the right of Nigerian workers to enjoy the minimum wage in line with international standards, is established and not infringed upon.