Minimum Wage: Labour Shuns Agreed 30,000, Demands 50,000
NLC urged Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state to fulfill his pledge of ensuring full implementation of the N18,000 minimum wage. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Civil servants in Lagos State on Monday vowed not to receive anything less than N50,000 as minimum wage.

The workers embarked on a peaceful march from Ikeja under bridge yesterday after which they gathered in front of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Funmi Sessi, Chairman of the State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said the special nature of Lagos called for the new demand.

Sessi said that the fresh demand was coming as part of the workers request to mark the World Day for Decent Work which is celebrated every October 7 worldwide.

The workers marched through the major streets of Lagos to the Alausa Secretariat brandishing placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Employers: Respect workers rights to join union’; ‘We have the right to good wage, decent work’; ‘No to wage poverty, yes to living wage’; ‘Invest in care economy, promote universal health care for children and elderly.’

The NLC chairman maintained that Lagos State workers presently faced more hardship to get to work, hence the reason why N30,000 could no more be acceptable.

“For a simple reason, Lagos is a special state, transportation and house rent are higher and so many hazards on the roads. When you go to work, market, it’s not the same as Ogun State. Rent in Lagos has been increased by 400 percent, transport, 200 percent.

“Our demand is that no junior worker besides the N50,000 minimum wage should go home with less than N15,000 hazard allowance.”

Sessi insists the workers were not well remunerated, noting that things have continued to deteriorate.

“The leaders are only enriching themselves. When Senate and House of Representatives members collected their N30 million and N25 million welcome packages respectively, do you hear any news? But to pay N30,000 minimum wage which took two years to negotiate has become a problem.”