Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday warned the Federal Government against the removal of subsidy on Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS, otherwise known as fuel, because of the hardship the policy would cause Nigerians.
The Congress also urged the government to sincerely address the deep rooted corruption in the fuel importation and distribution system which had made it impossible for Nigerians to enjoy their “God-given” resources to its fullest.
The umbrella body of the labour movement in Nigeria made the submission in Abuja, at a press conference to highlight the planned activities of the 2015 May Day celebration scheduled to hold tomorrow in Abuja and other states capital.
Chairman of the NLC/Trade Union Congress, TUC May Day Planning Committee, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, outlined the activities to herald the Workers’ Day celebration to include a pre- May Day lecture to be delivered by Professor Asisi Asobie, road show across the states and a mega rally at Eagle Square Abuja.
Adeyemi said that the event with the theme: “The Working Class, Democratic Consolidation and Economic Revival: Charting the Way to a National Rebirth,” will provide opportunity for the working people to reflect on their struggle and present a demand to the incoming administration.
“We shall use the occasion to renew our call for the upward review of the national minimum wage which is currently at N18,000. Considering the current economic trends, the N18,000 national minimum wage is long overdue for upward review, because inflation has increased; Naira has been devalued several times and the value of the N18,000 minimum wage has been completely eroded,” he said.
On the non-payment of workers’ salaries by some state governments, Comrade Adeyemi, who is the NLC Deputy President, said that the NLC and TUC, has setup a committee to liaise with the affected state governors with the intention of compelling them to pay the wages before leaving office.
Adeyemi said: “We mean every word of that threat; we will soon hold a labour rally to reawaken the consciousness of government to pay workers’ salaries. Kogi State government just announced the reduction of workers’ salaries by 40 percent, but I am assuring the governor that it will not work, as the labour union will fight against it.”
He however advised the concerned state governments to revisit the salaries of the political appointees with a view to slashing them and save money for the states instead of transferring the burden to the workers.

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