Workers seek popular policies to tackle poverty

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged government to create people-oriented policies to reduce poverty.

Its Vice President, Amaechi Asugwani, said workers have appealed many times to the government to make positive changes that would impact on people.

According to Asugwani, creating friendly policies will reduce poverty. He said Nigerians were worried about the increasing costs of food, goods and services without a corresponding increase in salaries.

“We are demanding for a change. They promised us food, jobs, stable power supply but none has been done. The government should be sensitive to the plight of the people. It has not increased the salaries of workers and many companies have closed because of poor power supply,” he said.

Asugwani urged the Federal Government to create policies that would reduce the suffering of the masses and put food on their table.

In a related development, the Technical Committee on Palliatives, which is to come up with the modalities and framework of the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage has submitted its report to the Federal Government.

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, said the Technical Committee was to have submitted the report but for the grey areas in it.

He said the grey areas needed to be fine-tuned before the submission of the very important report, which would signal the commencement of negotiation on the new national minimum wage.

Ngige said the next move would be determined by the report of the committee. He pointed out that the Tripartite Committee on minimum wage would be constituted based on the Technical Committee’s report.

The committee, which will comprise the government, employers and labour, will negotiate a desirable national minimum wage, the least an employer should pay a worker in the country.

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