Labour rejects FG's plans to slash salaries of workers

The organized labor movement has condemned and rejected a plan by the federal government to reduce workers ’wages in the country.
The president of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), Ayuba Waba, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the plan was tantamount to a desire for “mass suicide” for Nigerian workers.
 
According to him, NLC was surprised by a statement made to Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed about a plan to reduce high management costs by reducing workers ’wages.

The minister also referred the National Wage, Revenue and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to an immediate review of the salaries of civil servants, as well as the number of federal agencies in the country.

“It is almost unthinkable for the government to consider a unilateral reduction in the wages of Nigerian workers at this time,” he said.

"What salary is the government planning to cut?" He added the question. Obviously, this cannot be the national minimum wage of N30,000, and now he can't even buy a bag of rice. ”

He expressed confidence that the pay cuts were certainly not aimed at changing the minimum wage and therefore the salaries that some state governors are dragging their feet to pay.

He said the repeated devaluation of Naira in a short period of time and the high inflation rate in Nigeria had canceled the wages of Nigerian workers across the board.

"Nigerian workers survive only with the width of their hair. In fact, Nigerian workers are miracles standing on two legs.

“Therefore, it is appalling that the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is now sharply setting the monthly salary for Nigerian workers.

“Ms. Zainab Ahmed’s call for wage cuts is tantamount to a desire for‘ mass suicide ’for Nigerian workers,” he said.

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