Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has asked the president Muhammadu Buhari order a major wage review given the considerably weakened value of the naira against all world currencies, making the cost of living unreasonably difficult for working people and ordinary Nigerians. The congress also urged the president, as a show of goodwill, to order the payment of salaries of the members of the Union of Academic Staff of UniversitiesIn a statement signed by the president of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba last night on the result of the Council National Administrative (NAC) of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), said there is a difference between the national minimum wage review and the general wage review, which is to address the impact of the inflationary trend on workers’ take-home pay. He said: “For our part as a pan-Nigerian, progressive, pro-mass, pro-poor organization, we would not sit idly by and watch Nigerians being taken advantage of in any way. We call on those whose job it is to provide Nigerians with access to affordable public services, amenities and utilities to shoulder their responsibilities with the utmost diligence and patriotism. Nigerian workers and citizens are not slaves. “They deserve tolerable and indeed decent living conditions so that they can continue to contribute to the arduous task of nation building. In light of this, we would like this statement to be a message to everyone involved in these mischief and evil that we are mobilizing our members across the country for a huge protest. “In the meantime, we wish to call on the government to undertake a major wage review given the considerably weakened value of the Naira against all world currencies, making the cost of living unreasonably difficult for working people and ordinary Nigerians. We consider it necessary to explain here that there is a world of difference between the revision of the national minimum wage and the revision of the general salary”. NLC said it was important to remind the federal government that the last public sector wage review was done in 2011 and has since expired, adding that the need for another review cannot be overstated given the unbearable economic realities in Nigeria today. NLC also called on Chairman Buhari, as a man of goodwill, to order payment of all withheld wages from university workers. According to the NLC, “affected college workers are finding it difficult to cope with the prevailing economic challenges in the country.” The NLC further expresses concern about the long lines at most gas stations across the country, and urges the federal government to do something urgently to address it before it escalates into a major crisis.
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