A coalition of over 76 civil society and nongovernmental organisations under the auspices of Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness have called on the organised Labour, as true patriotic citizens of Nigeria, to reconsider the 22, 500 naira minimum wage as realistic and achievable in order to avert an imminent collapse of Nigeria economy and a possible retrenchment of the workforce.
Director General of the coalition, Dr Nwambu Gabriel, who made this call on behalf of the coalition groups in a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, tagged: Resolving The Minimum Wage Issues In Nigeria, explained that the primary responsibility of any government is beyond salary payment.
The coalition advised that embarking on another national strike action or a boycott of the 2019 general election, which is tantamount to disenfranchising the entire nation’s labour force, is not only anti-democratic, but will be counterproductive to the Nigerian state.
“We enjoin Labour to see reasons with government in this onerous task of nation building and sacrifice to our fatherland. The issues bothering on arriving and agreeing on a minimum wage by either the tripartite committee, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the organised Labour, TUC, NLC, etc have no doubt dominated a national discuss with the threat of strike action by Labour expected to commence on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 with a possible boycott of the 2019 general elections.
“It is also our firm belief that the worker, as a true patriot of the Nigerian nation, deserves very good condition of work and a sustainable living wage, bringing to bare the inflationary trend in the country and the prevailing economic realities. We, as a coalition, have clinically examined very germane issues raised by all the parties involved in the negotiation.