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Calabar workers threaten to boycott election

The Cross River state Chapter of the NLC threatened to boycott the 2019 general elections if the federal and state governments fail to implement the N30,000 minimum wage.

The state NLC Chairman, Mr John Ushie, made the declaration on Tuesday during a peaceful protest in Calabar.

He said that the current minimum wage of N18,000 had become obsolete since 2015, and accused the Federal Government of playing on the intelligence of workers’ by holding several fruitless meetings to avert strike.

Ushie decried the delay in the implementation of the wage bill, saying: “Labour will continue the struggle until we get victory. Victory does not come easy, it will require all our energy, and it will require us to put all.

“The minimum wage is long overdue since 2015. Workers have run out of patience, so we are here to take our destinies in our hands.

“We are here to protest because it is a national directive; we will do so until we get a commitment from government concerning the N30,000 minimum wage and when it will be enacted into law.

“Secondly, we are here to send a message to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately transmit the minimum wage bill to the National Assembly for passage, so that the money can get to Nigerian workers without further delay.

“If the Federal Government and governors say no to minimum wage, we also say there is no vote for them; no election,’’ he said.

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