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Leave Workers’ Salaries Alone, NLC Warns Govs

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it will resist any attempt by state governors to deduct workers’ salaries under the guise of COVID-19.

NLC also said that as Nigeria prepares to restart its economy, government should intensify COVID-19 testing by building at least a test centre in each state and step up efforts towards contact tracing, public fumigation, and robust public health education.

It maintained that employers must ensure that health and safety facilities and guidelines such as running water, soaps, hand sanitizers, use of protective masks to protect workers were provided.

NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, who stated this while speaking in Abuja in commemoration of this year‘s International Memorial Workers’ Day, said the Congress has mandated state councils to resist any salary deduction on the account of Covid-19.

He said, „This is not the time to stop or deduct from workers’ salaries. Such an action would be both illogical and illegal as workers’ salaries are core elements of employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements.“

According to Wabba, in reciprocation of the enormous sacrifice made by workers, employers of labour should show solidarity with the sacrifice of the workers and people by ensuring wage protection, income support and social inclusion at these trying times.

The NLC president noted that workers have paid the supreme sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 as well as in defence of Nigeria‘s democracy

He explained that the Memorial Day is being celebrated in the memory of workers who had paid the supreme sacrifice in the course of their duties as workers or as activists fighting for the rights and interests of the working class.

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