The leadership of the National Assembly will on Tuesday next week meet labour leaders over a bill which seeks to remove the minimum wage negotiations from the exclusive legislative list.
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing workers, who marched to the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to protest the bill.
But the sponsor of the bill, Mr Datti Muhammad, in an interview with one of our correspondents, took a swipe at the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, saying they should be civil in their opposition to the bill and stop attacking him.
Recall that the bill seeking to remove negotiations on the minimum wage from the exclusive list to the concurrent list passed the second reading in the House on February 23.A
At plenary, Mohammed, while defending the bill, stated that it would allow both the federal and state governments to freely negotiate minimum wage “with their workers in line with our federalism.”
But on Wednesday, workers across 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory staged protests to register their opposition to the bill.
Addressing the workers, Ado-Doguwa announced that the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, whom he said was in Lagos, had fixed a meeting between the lawmakers and the unions for Tuesday.
As early as 9am on Wednesday, about 2000 protesters had besieged the main entrance of the National Assembly.
Although security agents shut the gate and prevented them from entering, at 11am they overwhelmed the operatives and forced their way in.
After their members had entered through the main gate, the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and his TUC counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, led other labour leaders to the National Assembly complex through the second gate.