MINIMUM WAGE: One Question Labour Wants Governors To Answer
The nationwide protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was held on Tuesday in different states in the oil-rich nation and it is to push the Federal Government to come up with an amount that the new National Minimum Wage would be and begin the process of implementing it.
In Kaduna State, members of the NLC complied with the national directive and matched for their money.
During the match the labour union chided state governors for stalling the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage, saying their action was self serving.
'Do You Go To The Market?"
And then he asked if governors go to markets to know the cost of foodstuffs that were becoming out of reach of a 18,000 Naira minimum wage earner.
“The governors do not patronise markets and therefore ignorant of the suffering of workers and other Nigerians.
“Everything about them has been taken care of by the government with huge sums of money.
“Same people hide under security vote to spend any amount of money without being audited, but for workers to be paid 30,000 Naira they are saying no.
“If government is truly fighting corruption they should pay a living wage not even minimum wage,” Adamu Ango, Chairman of the chapter said.
Ango explained that the protest was summoned by organised labour to sensitise workers on the agitation for a new national minimum wage.
"Since negation has been concluded, the Federal Government should transmit a bill to the National Assembly (NASS) so that it becomes law.
“We are not asking for anything, we have made sacrifices enough, we create wealth, but some few individuals are now eating up the wealth and taking us as slaves."
Ango told state governors to cut all unnecessary expenses, be judicious and listen to the voice of voiceless.
He urged workers to stand firm and vote out anybody who is anti labour during the forthcoming general election.
Also the state Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Shehu Mohammed said in a message that the new national minimum wage was the constitutional right of workers and not a privilege.
He requested that President Muhammadu Buhari should transmit a bill for the minimum wage to the National Assembly, to avert further confrontation with workers.
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