The United Labour Congress (ULC) on Saturday reiterated the union’s demand for N96,000 minimum wage for workers in the country.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Northern Coordinator, ULC, John Gimbason, said the proposal was realistic and realisable considering the current inflation in the nation’s economy and in view of workers’ contributions to the nation’s building.
Gimbason, who doubles as a former Kaduna State NLC chairman, made this known while inaugurating a ULC 12-member State Executive Council on Saturday in Kaduna.
He said that the new Labour Centre had opened negotiations with the Federal Government on the proposed N96,000 minimum wage, assuring members that the proposal would soon yield fruits.
Gimbason frowned that while workers are overburdened with lots of responsibilities, they receive stipends as monthly salaries, even as some others do not receive their wages for months.
He further flayed at the Kaduna State government’s plan to sell off government quarters to the highest bidder, saying that it was unacceptable and calling for the reversal of the decision.
The Northern Coordinator also pleaded with the 25 unions under the ULC to give their maximum cooperation to ensure that workers in both public and private sectors were treated with human face.
Meanwhile, the State Chairman of the ULC, Ephriam James, in his inaugural speech, said the council would ensure that workers in the state were liberated to earn salaries they deserve.
NAN reports that NUPENG, NUBIFIE and NUEE officials were among notable associations that attended the inauguration.