- Nigerian workers have demanded for the immediate implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000
- The workers demanded for the immediate implementation during the May Day celebration held at the Eagles Square, Abuja
- According to labour union leaders, there is no better May Day gift as the N30,000 minimum wage
As Nigerian workers celebrate workers' day on Wednesday, May 1, immediate payment of the new minimum wage has been demanded by the workers.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and the president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, jointly read the address to the workers at the May Day celebration held at the Eagles Square, Abuja
Legit.ng gathers that the union leaders, who appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly for accepting the workers' demand, said there was no better May Day gift as the N30,000 minimum wage.
They said: “There is no better May Day gift as the N30,000 new national minimum wage. We commend the National Assembly and Mr. President for acceding to our demand for an increase in the national minimum wage, however delayed.
“As directed by Mr. President during the signing ceremony, all employers of labour must commence payment of the new national minimum wage immediately.
“The persistence of double-digit inflation and stagnant remuneration for workers has almost wiped off the purchasing power of Nigerian workers."
Legit.ng previously reported that the chief whip of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru, called on all stakeholders including all the 36 governors of the federation to strictly implement the thirty thousand naira (N30,000) new minimum wage bill passed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lawmaker who represents Shomolu constituency 2, at the state Assembly, made the call in solidarity with the Nigerian workers to commemorate 2019 May Day celebration.
Abiru stressed the important role the trade union movement plays in the development of Nigeria and fighting for social justice and inclusive governance, saying that the workers' role in national development does not only include agenda setting but also policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
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He commended the recent commitments made by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the social partners towards improving the condition of service of the working population in Nigeria.
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