NLC opposes Salary Deduction amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has opposed salary deductions of workers amid COVID-19 Pandemic.

This was made known by NLC President, Comrade Ayubba Wabba at a conference celebrating “International Workers Day” which held in Abuja.

Wabba urged employers of labour to show solidarity with income support to their staff in the trying times of Coronavirus Pandemic.

The NLC President stated that it would be illegal for any employer to deduct salaries during this period.

He said: “In reciprocation of the enormous sacrifice made by workers, we urge employers of labour to show solidarity with the sacrifice of our workers and people by ensuring wage protection, income support and social inclusion at these trying times.

“This is not the time to stop or deduct from workers’ salaries. Such an action will be illogical and illegal as workers’ salaries are core elements of employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements. We have asked our affiliates and state councils to resist any salary deduction on the account of Covid-19.

“We assure workers that our priority in these trying times remains the cautious, gradual, evidence-led and smart restart of the economy so that workers can go back to work. We are also completely committed to the recovery of lost jobs, protection of wages, support for income and livelihood and improvement of Nigeria’s social safety net.”

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