Inflation: Union leaders want review of N30,000 minimum wage | Dailytrust

Inflation: Union leaders want review of N30,000 minimum wage

  File photograph of Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige (1st left) and dignitaries at an event
File photograph of Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige (1st left) and dignitaries at an event

Some union leaders in Lagos State have called on the federal government to review the current N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The unions said the minimum wage must be a living wage, commensurate with rising costs of living due to inflation.

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They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Lagos on Monday that a review of the minimum wage would help ameliorate the hardship borne by civil servants.

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State chapter, Mr Adeleye Ajayi, said Nigerian workers must earn good salaries and wages in order to live a good life.

“Inflation is rising every day; therefore, there is a need for government to increase workers’ salaries.

“Workers need to be comfortable, to be more productive in the different aspects of government parastatals they find themselves in,” he said.

Also, Mr Ismail Adejumo, Lagos State chapter chairman of the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers’ Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), congratulated Nigerian workers for their resilience and dedication to duty.

Adejumo said Nigerian workers had continued to ensure they provided selfless services in different sectors of government in spite of the economic challenges.

He urged the government to reciprocate Nigerian workers’ efforts, by ensuring it reviews the current salary upwards to bring about a better life for them.

Also speaking, Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) UNILAG branch, Mr Kehinde Ajibade, said it was necessary to awaken the consciousness of government at all levels to the welfare of Nigerian citizens and workers. (NAN)

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