By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS â€” A LEADING member of the Labour and Civil Society Coalition, LASCO, the Democratic Socialist Movement, DSM, has called on leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, not to accept anything less than N52,200 as minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Reason: The past 11 years of democracy have benefitted all, but Nigerian workers.
DSM, in a statement in Lagos by its General Secretary, Comrade Segun Sango, as part of activities marking the nationâ€™s 11 years of civil rule, said recent statements credited to top government officials had confirmed its position that it would not pay the long overdue living wage to workers unless it was pressured through mass action.
â€œThe arguments that suggest that resources are not available to pay and as such cannot afford any wage increment for workers have always been used in attempt to deflate agitations for living wage.
â€œThe truth of the matter is that resources that would have been used to pay living wage and invest massively in basic infrastructure is being stolen, looted and used to pay unwarranted jumbo allowances to privileged few individuals including political office holders.
â€œBesides, the argument of government on productivity should be held by labour with suspicion. It could mean a basis to retrench workers on account of salary increase,â€ it said.