NIGERIA Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba has said workers have always engaged in struggles before the government met their demands.
He said this during an interaction between labour leaders and workers in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
“There had never been anything that labour got on a platter of gold since the history of labour movement in Nigeria.
“We are here (Port Harcourt) to interface with Rivers workers and know how they are faring,” he said.
He said the NLC was aware of the condition of workers, noting that many states were owing workers alot.
Wabba alleged that workers were not receiving fair treatment, yet they create wealth and implement government policies and programmes.
According to him, dead workers are not immediately replaced, thereby putting additional workload on workers. He said unity was the strength of labour unions all over the world, stressing that “injury to one is injury to all”.
Wabba further said the NLC had visited almost all the states, feeling the pulse of workers.
Earlier, the Rivers Chairman, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Mr Austin Jonah, told reporters that the N50,000 minimum wage demanded by labour was feasible.
He said the N18,000 minimum wage was nothing to write home about, arguing that at N900 daily for feeding, prisoners earned N27,000 monthly. ‘’You can see that the prisoner is better off than the worker.’’
Jonah said TUC and NLC had fought each other but had settled their differences and were now working as one.
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