We Won’t Accept N18,000 While Senators Take N13.5m Monthly – Labour
Whatever is good for the goose is also good for the gander.
Workers under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), strongly believe this adage.
They just cannot understand why a senator in the same country earns N13.5m as monthly salary while they live on N18,000.
The National President of AUPCTRE, Comrade Benjamin Anthony, and its FCT Chapter Acting Chairman, Comrade Aliyu Maradun, expressed workers’ discontentment at the slow pace of work on the issue of minimum wage.
Comrades Anthony and Maradun, who were speaking at the sixth Quadrennial State Delegates Conference of the FCT Council of AUPCTRE, said the workers are waiting patiently for government's pronouncements.
Comrade Maradun said: “We observed with great discontentment, the slow pace of work on the new national minimum wage, noting that the current minimum wage law came into effect in 2011 and it was designed for review in every five years. By implication, another minimum wage ought to have been signed into law since 2016. That is to say that, the Nigerian workers have been denied the fruit of their labour for the past two years.
“As we patiently await the pronouncement of the new minimum wage at the third quarter of the year as announced by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige during the just concluded 40th anniversary of the Nigeria Labour Congress. I implored Nigerian workers to be at. Alert as the road to the minimum wage may not come easy.
“I call on Nigerian workers to resist the deceit of the political class that there is no enough resources to pay minimum wage considering the wide gap that currently exist between the salaries of the political office holders and the toiling workers that produce the wealth of the nation.”