By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reiterated that there is no going back on the new minimum wage demand by the union.
Labour leader, Comrade Ayuba Waba, made this declaration when the Anambra state chapter of the NLC joined in the national day of mobilization, sensitization and mourning on the plight of Nigeria workers and issues surrounding the new minimum wage, was scheduled to hold nationwide on Tuesday 30th October, 2018.
Comrade Ayuba Waba in his speech frowned at the level at which workers in Nigeria are been treated.
The National President, Comrade Ayuba who was represented by Comrade Chris Ani, a member of the Central Working Committee of NLC said, “The minimum wage of 30,000 Naira was accepted because the private sector pleaded that they can only afford 30,000 Naira. We accepted because we know all fingers are not equal”.
“We expect all Governors to abide by the new minimum wage because government accepted the deal initially.”
He pleaded with members to give their total support and solidarity to labour leaders through following instructions.
“The only thing that will kill this dream will be the attitude of our members. No compromising! We must be united! No going back! Enough is enough!”
“The struggle has began and nothing will stop it unless the money is paid”, he stated.
Anambra state chapter Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Jerry Nnubia, while addressing members gave the chronicle of how the struggle began.
He expressed his regret over the attitude of government in bridging the agreement made at the last meeting leaving the contract not concluded.
According to him, “The Nigerian worker deserve better than he is getting. A worker deserves his wages and we must reap the fruit of our labour”.
“Most of our members can’t pay school fees, traders are also feeling the pain because no enough money in circulation to buy commodities, for workers to pay house rent and this prompted the national body to meet and came up with a time line which is till November 6th for government to sign 30,000 naira as the minimum wage of workers”.
He tasked members to be ready for the struggle saying, “We want all of you to be ready for action. NLC has never gotten anything on a platter of gold in this country and this will not be an exception”.
On the issue of “No work, no pay” policy by the Federal Government, the state chairman said this is laughable.
“We can’t succumb to any threats. Government has not even signed the 30,000 naira and they are coming up with policies to intimidate us. The ball is in their court”.
The workers who came out in large numbers in support of the union, were dressed in black and were seen carrying placards with different write ups such as, “NO PAY, NO WORK”, “NO PAY, NO VOTE”, “30,000 OR NO DEAL”, “NO TO INTIMIDATION”, “NO TO SLAVERY”, “NO TO BLACKMAILS”, and were singing songs of solidarity and freedom.