Workers in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Tuesday held a peaceful sensitization rally to press home their demand for a new minimum wage.
This is in compliance with the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress to all its affiliates across Nigeria.
NLC had in a statement issued on Monday directed affiliate members to proceed on a sensitization protest on Tuesday as an alternative to the initial planned strike by the workers, in order to push for the implementation of the N30, 000.00 new minimum wage for workers.
The peaceful protest led by NLC had many affiliates in attendance, notable among which was the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).
The protest march started from Adegbemile cultural centre to the governor’s office.
The newly elected President of NULGE, Comrade Bola Taiwo, while addressing the Press, noted that N30 000.00 minimum wage was just a paltry N1, 000. 00 per day which was just manageable.
Comrade Bola Taiwo addressing the Press during the protest
The workers emphasized that workers in Ondo State earned about N600. 00 per day currently and that increasing it to N1000.00 was just the acceptable minimum. This, they said, was far less than what the “smallest” of politicians earn in the State.
The workers called on the state government to make them happy by paying them the N30 000.00 minimum wage and fulfill their own side of the bargain since they already promised.
It will be recalled that in December 2018, organized labour planned a total shut down of the country.
However, this was averted by the intervention of the federal government when an agreement was signed with them on the new minimum wage at N30, 000.00 per month.