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Ahead Of May Day, Labour Decries Poor Working Conditions



As Nigerian workers join their counterparts around the world to celebrate Workers Day billed for tomorow, organised labour in the country has decried the living conditions of Nigeria workers, saying it has never been this bad.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) lamented that as a result of the economic and political upheaval in the country, most workers are on the verge of losing faith in governments numerous promises of a better future.

Speaking at a press briefing organised by the 2018 Joint May Day Committee comprising the NLC and the TUC, chairman of the committee who is also the deputy president of the NLC, Comrade Najeem Yasin, noted that the wider economic and political undercurrents is persuading Nigerian workers to lose hope in the Nigerian project.

He said, “There is overwhelming evidence to show that the living conditions of Nigerian workers and citizens have deteriorated in the past few years. To worsen the precarious condition that we workers have found ourselves is the absence of meaningful social cushioning especially by way of decent wages and dignified working conditions.
“Even the minimum wage promised by government is yet to materialize. The broader economic and political dynamics of our country continue to tempt many workers to lose faith and hope in the Nigerian promise.
“It is under these dark clouds that we seek to inspire strength, confidence and hope in Nigerian workers and ordinary Nigerians who currently feel shortchanged”.

On security, the co-chairman and chairman of TUC, FCT chapter, Comrade Amodu Olayinka, disclosed that organised labour was in partnership with all security operatives across the country to avoid a repeat of workers revolt as witnessed at the last May Day workers celebration.