Workers expect a new minimum wage on May Day

Apr 30, 2024 | International | 0 comments

Workers are anticipating the upcoming May Day celebrations with hopes for an increase in the national minimum wage, among other economic improvements. Beyond wage increases, they are looking to the government for additional measures to alleviate economic challenges, such as incentives to counter recent policies and initiatives aimed at strengthening Nigerians’ purchasing power.

Under the theme “People First,” Organized Labour expects the government to address pressing issues such as poverty, insecurity, unemployment, inflation, and the high cost of living. They are calling for stabilization of the falling naira, making the economy attractive to foreign investors and small businesses, and improving living conditions for citizens.

Negotiations between organized labour and the government on the minimum wage and other relief measures are also anticipated in the coming days.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is not only demanding a new minimum wage but also advocating for the establishment of state and local government police to combat insecurity. They emphasize the need for states, local governments, and private sectors to adhere to the new minimum wage once approved.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) urges the government to announce a new minimum wage to address the rising cost of living, particularly after the removal of fuel subsidies. They emphasize the importance of passing and implementing a new minimum wage law that reflects economic realities.

Both NLC and TUC highlight the impact of recent government policies on workers’ welfare and call for urgent action to counter rising poverty and inflation. They stress the importance of investing in decent work and social justice to address socio-economic disparities and promote economic development.

Civil servants express expectations for salary adjustments, welfare improvements, and continuous training opportunities. They urge the government to address the high cost of living and invest in infrastructure to support economic growth.

IT experts call for more stringent regulations to boost cybersecurity and expand technology infrastructure to support the digital economy. They emphasize the need for policies and programs to enhance innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation in the technology sector.

In summary, workers and various stakeholders are looking to the government to address pressing economic and social issues, including wage increases, job creation, security, and infrastructure development, to improve Nigerians’ overall well-being.

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