Mrs. Funmi Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos State chapter, says workers were anxious to receive the new minimum wage without any further delay.
Speaking in Lagos on Thursday, the labor leader said that payment of the new minimum wage would be a win-win situation not only for workers but also for the government as it would result in improved productivity and wealth creation, NAN reports.
“The workers are becoming agitated and restive, they want the money or we go on strike.
“We are only delaying because we have seen that the government has woken from their slumber, and they know we have already mobilized because the people are tired of fake promises.
“We are ready and keen to receive this new minimum wage without any further delay because any delay in the implementation of this new minimum wage before the end of the year might spell doom for the economy and the good name of the nation,” Sessi said.
She spoke on the sidelines of the 10th Quadrennial State Delegates Conference of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Lagos State Chapter, on Thursday in Lagos.
The labor leader said that workers had been patient and considerate, adding that excuses by politicians that the economy would collapse if the minimum wage was implemented would no longer be tolerated.
“It is a lie. The economy will not crumble; the whole nation will not fall, let us reduce the numbers of political office holders, reduce their offices and let them be placed on salaries like other workers, that is when we will get it right.
“We are talking about N30, 000 minimum wage and a bag of rice are N27, 000, how many homes can afford it.
“It is only unreasonable people that would puncture what labor is demanding because it is actually not a living wage but a starvation wage,” she said.