- Workers are anxious to receive the new minimum wage without any further delay, Funmi Sessi has said
- Sessi, who is the chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Lagos state chapter, stated this on Thursday, October 17
-The labour leader says workers are only delaying their industrial action because they have seen that government has woken from its slumber
The chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos state chapter, Funmi Sessi, has said workers are anxious to receive the new minimum wage without any further delay.
Sessi, who stated this on Thursday, October 17, said that payment of the new minimum wage would be a win-win situation not only for workers but also for the government.
According to the labour leader, the payment will result in improved productivity and wealth creation, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Sessi said that the workers are becoming agitated and restive and want the money or will go on strike.
She said: “We are only delaying because we have seen that government has woken from their slumber, and they know we have already mobilised because the people are tired of fake promises.
“We are ready and keen to receive this new minimum wage without any further delay, because any delay in the implementation of this new minimum wage before the end of the year might spell doom for the economy and the good name of the nation."
She said that labour would no longer tolerate the excuse by politicians that the economy would collapse if the minimum wage is implemented.
Sessi said: “It is a lie. The economy will not crumble; the whole nation will not fall, let us reduce the numbers of political office holders, reduce their offices and let them be placed on salaries like other workers, that is, when we will get it right.
“We are talking about N30, 000 minimum wage and a bag of rice is N27, 000, how many homes can afford it.
“It is only unreasonable people that would puncture what labour is demanding, because it is actually not a living wage but a starvation wage."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the planned national strike by the organised labour, the federal government was in a final move to halt the action over issues arising from the negotiation of the N30,000 minimum wage.
Recall that the organised labour insisted that it would embark on the industrial action beginning from Wednesday, October 16.
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