Minimum Wage: We Are Not Slaves, Kogi Workers Tell FG
The Federal Government of Nigeria has been reminded that Nigerian Workers are not slaves and would resist attempts by those in authority to deny them of a new minimum wage.
The Kogi State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka, said this when he addressed workers who joined their counterparts in a mass protest.
BOUNCE NEWS reports that the protesting workers carried placard with various inscription "Ngige retrace your steps, #30,000 is not too much for workers.
"Minister of labour Nigerian workers are not slaves"; "Ngige stop being enemies of workers"; "Any government in Nigerian that cannot pay #30,000 should resign", "Our salary arrears are still outstanding, pay us our entitlement".
The State NLC Chairman in his address, lamented and rejected the N24, 000 minimum wage offered by the federal government, warning that, any attempt not to pay N30,000 minimum wage to workers would be met with stiff resistance.
"Enough is enough. We are warning the federal government not to test the will of Nigerian Workers, as twenty thousand naira minimum wage is not enough to pay children's school fees, medical bills, and take the Nigerian worker home"
The State NLC Chairman said workers rejected the position of the Nigerian Governors that they cannot not pay the new minimum wage, describing their offer as "peanuts, wickedness and inhuman."
"With governors cutting down on their jamboree, Wardrobe allowance and humongous amount spent on the State Assembly's to impeach their Deputy Governor's and Speakers, the new minimum wage will be achievable" he added.