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Workers demand decent Job, Pay rise

Adeosun Solomon, Ms. Faith Obasi and Gloria Udoh

It’s May Day, so what do workers want?  Saturday Vanguard reporter went to town to talk to workers .  They have a bag of demands .  They asked for  pay raise,  decent jobs to pension issues, enforcement of workers rights etc.

Mr.Musa Yahaya,   Estate manager What does May day mean to you?

Well, I  think May Day is a day set aside by the government in celebration of workers  across the federation. It is a day of rest for all workers, it is a day when the government says, you workers have tried, just rest for today.

What are your expectations from the government concerning workers day?

I expect the government to look into issues challenging the Nigerian workers especially in Lagos, issues such as salaries, transportation, workers retirement benefits, loans for workers  and so on. You’ll find out these days that transportation in Lagos is so expensive. We virtually spend 60% of our salaries on transportation alone, so I want the government to increase the salaries of workers so as to meet up with the high rise in prices of commodities thereby reducing the unnecessary stress Nigerian  workers go through every day.

Ms Lilian Ukpai, Accountant

What does May Day mean to you? It is a day of rest for workers. It is a day  when workers stay at home and  relax from the normal work stress they go through every day.

As a worker what would be your wish for May  Day?

Well, for May Day,  I  wish that all workers take time out to enjoy them selves with their families  because it is a once -in- a -year opportunity, holidays don’t come every day especially for those like me who are extremely busy and hardly spend time with their families.

Mrs. Gloria Udoh,  a Civil Servant.

What does May  Day mean to you? It is a day that has been declared a public holiday in commemoration of  the Nigerian workers for their efforts. May Day is called workers day.  It is a day when every worker is supposed  to put their work to rest and spend time with their family and friends.

As a worker,   what  are your expectations for May Day?

I   expect all workers to use this opportunity to address  what ever issues that might be bordering them. Issues of welfare packages for workers, salary increment. Because the way things are going now transportation alone takes almost all the money we earn yet we still have other needs to meet and I think it is time for workers every where to meet and say enough is enough to this unnecessary hardship that we have been subjected to.

To me, there is really nothing to celebrate. What are we celebrating? When we work and there is nothing to show for it,  the prices of commodities in the market keep increasing yet the price for labour remains stagnant. My wish for May Day is  salary increment and all other workers welfare packages to be address by the Federal and State Government.

Mr. Leonard Emeka , Business Man

My expectation for May Day is that the government should pay more attention to the needs and  plight of  the Nigerian workers. It is hard to believe that this country is going to be fifty  years soon. To me there is really nothing to celebrate because almost everything in this country is not working. We have poor infrastructural development, epileptic power supply, no water, no good road, then tell me what is there to celebrate.

The government should go back to their drawing board and do something fast before everything crumbles. Goodluck Jonathan should do something that will keep him in the minds of  Nigerian workers for ever. Now is his chance to change Nigeria even if  he has a short time to perform.

Mr. Ojo Abayomi, Quantity surveyor.

What  does May Day mean to you? I just know that May Day is workers day.
As a worker what are you expectations for May Day? What I expect is that workers should look for more remuneration from whoever  their employer might be or look at  their own conditions of service. I also want the government to look at the condition of workers in the country.

Mr. Adeosun Solomon, Architect

May Day to me   means  a day  when workers spend time at home with their family. It’s a public holiday and my expectation is that  workers should use this time to reflect on their basic needs as workers and make them known to their employee and they should try as much as possible to work out their differences with their employers.

Miss. Faith Obasi ,  Teacher

May Day is just like any other day there is absolutely nothing to celebrate.  It seems serving this country is a curse.  Can you imagine that  doctors are on strike people have not been paid their pension, workers are not being paid well and so on, tell me then what are we celebrating? Are we celebrating failure? Power outage? Bad roads or insecurity?

Tell me. It is up to the government to do something fast because  workers especially teachers  are not being treated fairly.

Sunmbo Olasore,  Nurse
I think MayDay is  a work free day for all workers across the federation. It is a day every worker should look forward to since we have mothers day, fathers day, even malaria  also has a day. I think they call it  world malaria day or so, so workers day also fallen into this category . It is a day  when workers are celebrated.

My wish for May Day  would be for workers and their employers to relate with one another, may be have a party or something… days like this should draw  workers and their employers closer .For  me, I think I would rather spent MayDay at home with my family and friends.


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