Reps attack NLC, TUC for circulating fake lawmakers’ pay

Reps attack NLC, TUC for circulating fake lawmakers’ pay

The statement read, “The House of Representatives
acknowledges the recent industrial action undertaken by the NLC and the TUC due
to the breakdown in negotiations for a new national minimum wage.

 

“The People’s House is pleased to note that the strike
action has been suspended for one week to allow for further negotiation.

 

“During this period, as we have previously demonstrated, the
People’s House remains responsive and committed to actively engaging all
stakeholders to resolve the issues in the best interest of Nigerians.

 

 

“House Speaker Abbas Tajudeen has consistently advocated a
living wage and better working conditions for workers.

 

“At various fora, he has emphasised the importance of
addressing key national priorities, including the state of the economy and
insecurity, through legislative action.

 

“While the Green Chamber is in full support of the call for
improved wages and working conditions, there is a great need to exercise
caution in increasing the minimum wage beyond what our economy can sustain to
avoid unintended outcomes such as inflation, layoffs, and other adverse
economic consequences.

 

“Thus, we restate the importance of approaching this issue
from a balanced perspective to ensure long-term stability and prosperity for
all.

 

“In the same vein, we observed with concern the direction of
the strike action before its suspension and what it portends for the future.”

 

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The House also condemned the shutdown of critical
infrastructure, such as the national grid and airports, during the joint
unions’ mandated strike.

 

“Importantly, the shutdown of critical infrastructure, such
as the national grid, constitutes economic sabotage and is detrimental to the
well-being of our country. Those responsible for these actions must be held
accountable.

 

 

“We also find it troubling that the leadership of Organised
Labour, the majority of who live far above the means of the average Nigerian,
would engage in actions that exacerbate the suffering of ordinary citizens.

 

“It is necessary, therefore, to state that while industrial
actions and dissent are fundamental rights within our democratic space that
must be protected, the manner in which Labour conducted itself during the
just-suspended strike largely shows a lack of empathy for Nigerians.

 

“Is the objective of the leadership of the unions to compel
the government to implement a living wage or to inflict pain on Nigerians?

 

“Additionally, it is important to address persistent
misinformation and disinformation propagated by organised Labour leadership
regarding the earnings of lawmakers.

 

“This is especially because organised Labour has, for years,
contributed to false narratives about the remuneration of members of the
National Assembly, exaggerating figures to stoke public resentment and
undermine the credibility of the Legislature.

 

“This tactic diverts attention from the core issues at stake
and unfairly vilifies the institution of parliament. It is crucial for all
parties to engage in an honest and transparent dialogue rather than resorting
to the spread of inaccuracies for political leverage.

 

“Contrary to the insinuations of the Labour leadership
through its social media platforms, the Legislature is on the side of Nigerians
and will continue to act in the best interest of our constituents – giving
meaning to their mandate.

 

It further urged the union leadership to return to the
negotiation table and engage other stakeholders in good faith to achieve a
balanced and sustainable outcome.

 

Despite earlier pleas
from the Federal Government for consideration, the NLC and TUC began a
nationwide strike to push for a new national minimum wage for workers.

 

The strike was suspended for one week after the union
leadership agreed with FG that the wage should be pushed above N60,000.

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