..as NLC threatens to mobilise int’l support over N30,000 minimum wage
By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – Global trade union, Public Services International (PSI), on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to compensate the families of over 160 humanitarian workers killed by insurgents within the last two years in the Northeast.
This is even as the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, threatened to mobilise the support of international labour unions in a bid to raise the pressure on the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) agree to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage.
Speaking at a workshop organised in Abuja to disseminate research findings on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast, Rosa Pavanelli, PSI’s General Secretary, decried the living condition of workers providing services to persons displaced by insurgency in the region.
She noted that several frontline workers are themselves displaced and live in camps; providing services to IDP communities without access to decent working conditions, safety, and compensation for their families as in the cases of those who were slain by insurgents.
“The condition in the IDP camps is very grave and the situation is very urgent. We see a very big humanitarian crisis in our public services especially among our workers in health and social care. Many of them have lost their lives in the line of duty as a result of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents. It is only fair their families are compensated by the government of Nigeria,” she said.
Pavanelli further harped on the need for PSI’s affiliate trade unions in the country to strengthen their capacities to be able to advocate and lobby with the government in the interest of their members.
Meanwhile, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, NLC’s Deputy President, speaking in a chat with journalists on the sideline of the event, said organised labour may be forced to introduce an international dimension to the N30,000 minimum wage palaver, if the state governors failed to concede to workers demand on the matter.
Adeyemi, who doubles as PSI’s Global Vice President, said: “We are hoping that the government will response positively to the ongoing struggle of organised labour on the issue of minimum wage.
“If at the end of the day that is not achieved, we have to bring international dimension to it using all legitimate means at our disposal to put pressure on the Nigerian governors to do the needful on the matter.”