NewsExpress banner Firstbank Verve banner Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Nationwide strike looms over minimum wage

By News Express on 12/05/2017

Gmail icon

Views: 1,180

•Comrade Issa Aremu.
•Comrade Issa Aremu.

The organised labour has threatened a nationwide strike, if the government fails to begin process of reviewing the workers’ minimum wage.

It said workers are hungry and legitimately angry.

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), an affiliate member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), issued the threat in Kaduna yesterday.

Addressing reporters with NUTGTWN National President Comrade John Adaji, the union’s General Secretary and Vice President, Industrial Global Union, Comrade Issa Aremu, called on the Federal Government to urgently constitute a committee on the review of the national minimum wage.

The labour union equally called on NLC and TUC to make urgent case for workers’ control of the country’s pension industry, saying pension fund is workers’ capital and should not be a play-ground to reward failed politicians.

According to Aremu, “As demonstrated by workers during the May Day in Abuja, Nigeria risks national industrial crisis, except governments at all levels give due attention to the critical issue of compensation of workers. Hungry workers are legitimately angry workers. Nigerian workers are not only hungry but legitimately angry.

“We commend both the Senate and the House of Representatives for their respective facilitating roles to address the current issue of national minimum wage.  However, the responsibility lies squarely with President Muhammadu Buhari ably being represented by Vice President Osinbajo.”

“National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act 2011, which offers the current N18,000 was for a five-year cycle due for review in 2015. The five-year time limit was to avoid minimum wage stagnation and attendant seemingly increases that follow. In United Kingdom (UK) minimum wage is reviewed yearly. Today, it is £7.5 per hour, about N37,000 per day!

“Long before the current recession, Nigeria workers have long been in depression. With Naira devaluation and high inflation, 2010 negotiated national minimum wage of N18,000, which was about $120 in 2010, has fallen to below $50 in 2017, worsening income poverty.  Nigeria cannot get out of recession with poorly paid work-force,” the labour leader said.

He, however, opined that “the best way to reflate the economy is through wage increase linked with productivity improvement and prompt payment of the existing salaries by states and local governments.

“President Buhari should, therefore, urgently constitute the tripartite committee on the review of the current national minimum wage within a short time-limit,” he urged.

On the pension matter, the textile union leader said, NUTGTWN as an affiliate of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a critical stakeholder in the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) was concerned with recent developments in the pension industry.

He added that Nigeria’s pension industry risks avoidable crisis following the recent abrupt termination of the appointment of Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, former Director General of PenCom and appointment of Dikko Aliyu Abdulrahman as new director-general by President Muhammadu Buhari subject to confirmation by the Senate. (The Nation)



Source News Express

Posted 12/05/2017 11:55:10 AM





You may also like...
Ugwuanyi gives instant succour to Enugu market fire...

We warned Oshiomhole against Okorocha — Imo APC...

Activists’ urgent call to Southeast Governors, others: Act...

Nigerian soldiers kill colleague mistaken to be Boko...

Train collision injures 200 in South Africa

Trump administration ‘inept and insecure’ — UK ambassador...

Dickson warns against shortchanging of Bayelsa in oil...

MBA yields 18% ROI to students and 36%...

Mob sets church ablaze over pastor’s alleged killing...

Forbes names Dangote 66th world's most powerful person...

Security experts laud proposed introduction of stun guns...

80 couples wed in style near Abuja


Latest News UBA staff across Africa give back at UBA Foundation’s Each One, Teach One initiative Anti-Buhari Editorial: IPOB hails PUNCH; challenges Channels, Tribune, The Nation and Sahara Reporters VISA-free entry to Nigeria a reckless threat to our sovereignty — HURIWA Dilemma in Bayelsa over birth of Siamese twins Ugwuanyi reiterates commitment to scientific innovation Gunmen kill OAU professor Ogboni Fraternity opens up on activities Uproar over CJN’s call for full Sharia in Nigeria Bank mistakenly deposits $37m into woman’s account EFCC marks Orji Kalu’s properties Protesters dispute Imo Speaker’s NYSC certificate Reps threaten to blacklist Julius Berger over slow pace of work on road projects


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (572,632 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (456,952 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (406,975 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (341,747 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (308,187 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (292,771 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (261,517 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (260,742 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (242,168 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (228,615 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (204,281 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (200,604 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (112) Business & Economy (4,623) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,158) Complaints & Requests (98) Enterprise & Opportunities (221) Entertainment (718) Features (855) Global Business Monitor (499) ICT Monitor (73) International (4,325) Interview (220) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (178) Maggie's Blog (520) News (55,265) Opinion (1,440) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,892) Religion (1,133) Sports (2,255) Stock Watch (41) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera