The Labour Party (LP) has said that it backed the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) nationwide protests over the National Minimum Wage in the interest of national development and suffering workers and masses.
The National Secretary of the LP, Barrister Julius Abure, said this on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference.
This is as he also denied that the party was in a sort of merger talks with some other political parties in the country.
“The Labour Party Family associates itself with the ongoing national wide protests against the removal of National Minimum Wage from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.
“The move of the National Assembly will further pauperise the workers who are already suffering from the high rate of inflation occasioned by the poor management of the economy,” Abure said.
According to him, workers over the years are made to suffer and at the receiving end of every unfair government policies.
He said that removing the minimum wage from the exclusive legislative list will bring about lack of wage uniformity in Nigeria and that the process of collective bargaining and negotiations would become cumbersome and unrealistic.
He added, “Today we express shock and surprise at the numerous media reports of Labour Party involvement in a merger talk with other political parties or association.
“We hereby make it abundantly clear that the leadership of our party is not and does not intend to merge with any political party.
“Labour Party have a distinct ideology and programmes which can turn the fortunes of our country around. We intend to canvass for the support of Nigerians around our party programmes and ideology in order to capture power in 2023.”