The Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Friday asked the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on workers’ welfare in the country. Addressing journalists in Awka, the state capital, the NLC chairman in the state, Mr. Jerry Nnubia, said the emolument of the Nigerian worker had been diminished by the prevailing circumstances in the country. He described the Nigerian worker as being the worst hit in the country, which is in recession
“The N18,000 minimum wage they paid us when a bag of rice was N9,000 is still the same wage they pay us today that a bag of rice is N22,000 or more,” he decried. He said in a recession, increasing workers’ emoluments should be among the top priorities of the government. He said, “Looking at the cost of living in the country, the worker is the worst hit. Goods and services are getting more expensive each day, while the worker is paid peanuts like a slave.
“It’s pitiable. No health scheme for the worker. This increases preventable deaths among workers. A state of emergency should be declared on workers’ welfare in this country. That’s one sure way to get it right. “Remember, we’re only talking about salaries; we’ve not talked about the working conditions of the Nigerian worker, which is nothing to write home about.” Read more