The trending news now is that workers in Ondo State have called for the removal of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige.
The workers under the aegis of organised labour, who converged in Akure, the state capital to sensitize members ahead of the nationwide strike on the 6th of November, over the demand for N30, 000 as the new minimum wage, alleged that Ngige had been frustrating efforts of the organised labour.
The unionists, who were armed with placards of various inscriptions, went through the major roads of Akure.
Some of the placards had inscriptions such as: “N30, 000 Minimum Wage Is Constitutional, Pls Buhari Do Needful.” “Ngige Is An Enemy To Buhari Progress.” “Chris Ngige, Enemy Of Nigerian Workers, Resign Now.” “N30, 000 Minimum Wage Is Affordable.” “Pensioners Are Part Of Us, They Deserve Best Treatment And Allowance.”
Addressing the workers during the walk, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Tayo Ogunleye emphasised that the Federal Government was intentionally playing politics with the issue of the minimum wage as it had the capability to pay workers the proposed amount of N30,000.
He also assured the workers that all would be done to ensure that the proposed amount was achieved, stating that failure by the Federal Government to approve it, would lead to nationwide industrial action.
“Today’s rally in Ondo state is being replicated across the states of the Federation for the demand of a new minimum wage of N30, 000.
“We are on the streets to sensitize people of Nigeria, that by November 6, 2018, the workers are coming out en mass to protest for their right.
“Let me tell us today that there is no success without struggle and in this part of the country if you don’t fight for your right, nobody would do so for you.”
Source: Duta NEWS
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