KADUNA, DECEMBER 2, 2016 – Labour has demanded an increase in workers’ pay to cushion recession. At the 15th Harmattan School, a training for labour leaders in Kaduna, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Comrade Ayuba Wabba said workers’ purchasing power had reduced and was affecting other sectors of the economy. He said unless there is a new wage regime, the contributory pension scheme (CPS) would not be a reality.
Wabba noted that developments in the economy, such as the increase in the pump price of petroleum products, rise in prices of commodities, increased tariff on utilities, and social services have made the demand more urgent.
The fight against corruption, he said, would be more successful if workers are well paid, adding that the foot-dragging by the government in constituting a committee to deliberate on the demand was uncalled for.
Wabba said the CPS would enhance life after retirement for workers. He enjoined the legislature to be fair in the passage of its bill to make it practicable and sustainable.
“In most cases, both the government and capitalists perceive us as liabilities or as if we are part of the problem. But we are not part of the problem; rather, we are the solution.
“The capitalists see labour union as opposition. They see us as a threat, but no matter what, we always fight for our rights,” Wabba said.