Nigerian Workers Not Slaves But Wealth Creators- NLC President, Joe Ajaero

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has called the National Assembly  to work with the committee handling the ongoing minimum wage negotiations.

The NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero in a message he delivered at the ongoing national retreat on labour reforms in Abuja.

The retreat with the tittle, “Labour reforms and the quest for a living wage in Nigeria: A focus on legislative interventions” is organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).

Comrade Ajaero called on the lawmakers to be patriotic and create legal framework that will ensure a living wage for Nigerian workers.

The NLC President listed the needed reforms:

“This includes ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, and protection against unfair labour practices.

“We call on the National Assembly to join us in calling on the executive to transmit to the Assembly the bill on the reviewed labour administration laws which had gone through the tripartite process some years back but seemed to have been impounded by the executive.

“NASS should work with the tripartite to establish mechanisms for regular and systematic review of wage levels to ensure they keep pace with inflation and the cost of living.

“Workers are not beggars neither are they slaves. We create wealth and we deserve a healthy portion of it.

“The present angst in the country can only be assuaged by reasonable income to Nigerian people and workers.”

“The legislature should make laws that encourage continuous investment in education and vocational training to equip our workforce with the skills needed to thrive in a dynamic and evolving job market,”


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