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Monday, May 1, 2017

Workers’ welfare takes center stage in the 2017 May Day

May Day, or Labour Day, is a day off for workers in many countries and as such the Federal Government declared today May 1 as work free day for Nigerian workers to mark the day.  The day has its origin in the historical struggles of workers and trade unions in their efforts to win fair employment standards and establish a culture of human and workers’ rights. 

Expectedly, Nigerian workers would today join millions of workers all over the world to mark  the 131st  anniversary of May Day.

In the face of this year`s celebration are the challenges facing an average worker in Nigeria bordering on issues of  dwindling economy that has triggered uncertainty of jobs and unemployment. Similarly issues of indecent work conditions and environment, poor salaries and  wages and violations of workers’ rights as guaranteed by local and international labour instruments.

Despite these challenges, thousands of workers will be at several venues for rallies organized by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and  its  Trade Union Congress (TUC)  counterparts.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba has said that this year’s rallies would take into focus the issue of minimum wage as inflation has taken away the gains of the present   N18,000 minimum wage. He said that  workers are now living at the mercy of the bourgeoisie.

Wabba said, “Workers have high expectations on the issue of the review of minimum wage and we expect a positive pronouncement from the Federal Government. And possibly have a timeline when this thing  can be concluded. Also, the  government  have  been saying we would soon get out of recession, it is something that the  workers are looking out to so that there would be security of employment, because for now most of the private sector establishment because of the challenges of the economy; there is daily threat to job losses. So those are the two issues that are topmost in our agenda.”

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