…Urges workers to shun political parties without workers’interest
Echoes of the national minimum wage saga reverberated in Lagos,Monday,when Organized labour,under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants Nigeria (ASCSN) reiterated its resolve,to engage the Federal Government on the need to increase the national minimum wage.
It emphasized that the current N30,000 minimum wage when gauged against the nation’s spiralling inflationary pressures,is not tenable.
ASCSN President,Comrade Tommy Etim Okon who disclosed this at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Ikeja, Lagos, said there was going to be a new frame of negotiation with government.
He noted that the current wage is not sufficient because socio-economic reality has eroded income.
“We are not against government removing fuel subsidy.But government should put in place, amenities such as housing, transportation, free compulsory education to university level and good living wage.
“This is important because the amount of money government is using to indirectly fund subsidy is enough to tackle education challenges.Until we go back to rearrange, we are living in fantasy”,Okon said.
He reiterated Labour’s resolve to shun political parties that do not have the interest of workers at heart, even as he urged Nigerian workers to ensure they have their Permanent Voter’s Card,to vote out politicians who care little about welfare of workers.