Ahead of today’s Workers’ Day celebration, a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, led by Joe Ajaero, has rejected the N56,000 national minimum wage proposal reportedly sent to the Federal Government by the Ayuba Wabba-led faction and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC.
The Ajaero led faction maintained that N56,000 was not in tune with the economic realities facing workers. He said this at a pre-May Day symposium, titled, “Inclusive Socio-Economic Space for Sustainable Development”.
Ajaero said that his faction of NLC was not part of the N56,000 proposal because the cost of living today and other socio-economic realities workers were faced with in the midst of the current exchange rate of the Nigerian currency, it was obvious that N56,000 was not realistic.
“No sacrifice is too much to liberate the Nigerian workers. Every year, we go to the stadium to salute those who have been enslaving us, those who have refused to pay us minimum living national wage. But since last year, we have been forced to gather under the bridge of the National Stadium, which we have named `Workers Freedom Square’. We will gather, match through the streets, take the May Day to the real owners, the Nigerian workers and masses, to tell them that there is no electricity despite the astronomical tariff, that there is no fuel, that there are no good roads, that public universities are being closed down, that there are no jobs and so on and so forth.
“Few days ago, we were told that N56.000 minimum wage proposal has been sent to the government. We want to tell you that we are not part of that because even as they were sending the proposal, they equally said that they know that the economy is bad. By the time you say that, it means that the proposal is dead on arrival. We all know that the current minimum wage is less that the electricity bill paid by most workers. On our part, we are demanding N90,000 minimum wage. The N90,000 we are demanding is with a proviso, depending on the exchange rate. If the exchange rate goes above N500 a dollar, we will ask for more.”