May Day: FG Pledges Commitment To Workers' Welfare

Dogara We’re ready to pass minimum wage bill

Dogara We’re ready to pass minimum wage bill

The federal government has pledged its commitment to job security and improved welfare of Nigerian workers.

NAN recalls that while the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress demanded for an increase in Minimum Wage of N66,500, the United Labour Congress (ULC) has demanded for N96,000.

From the Government to Labour, national interest, welfare of the workers and the growth of the economy is key to the negotiations which must also come with "trade-offs".

It also threatened to vote out any government that fails to comply with a new wage.

"A new, reasonable and realistic minimum wage is central to the war against corruption because we can not in good conscience expect that the citizens will wholeheartedly fight corruption on an empty stomach".

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian labour movement under the aegis of the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), organise rally every year to celebrate the day.

'I assure you, on this occasion, that the National Assembly will give expeditious passage to the Minimum Wage Bill whenever it is transmitted by the executive and any other initiative that will promote the welfare of the Nigerian worker.

"We shall ensure that governments that refuse to pay the new minimum wage will not receive the support of the working class, pensioners and their families, "he added".

Ekweremadu is of the opinion that even if the workers can not have their desired amount, they should be paid at least N50,000 to meet up to the current realities in the country.

Workers across Lagos State on Tuesday said that achieving a new minimum wage could take longer time if the three labour unions failed to unite and harmonise issues.

Across the states of the federation, workers gathered at different venues to mark the Workers' Day.

Okonu Abdullahi of the Private telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria appealed to the government to hasten the approval of a new minimum wage to stop abuse of workers rights.

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"You should uphold the principle of the use of strike as a last resort in the pursuit of socio-economic goals and aspirations".

"Despite challenges particularly on the economy, we celebrate Nigerian workers for staying positive and being a partner in nation-building as well as contributing towards efforts to take the country to its deserved heights".

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