The workers under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), have said they will no longer accept N18,000 as minimum wage when a Senator collects N13.5 million monthly, as a running cost.
This was made known by the National President of AUPCTRE), Comrade Benjamin Anthony during the sixth Quadrennial State Delegates of the FCT Council of AUPCTRE.
Comrade Anthony who was supported by the FCT Chapter Acting Chairman, Comrade Aliyu Maradun, expressed workers’ discontentment at the slow pace of work on the issue of minimum wage.
He further said the workers were waiting patiently for government pronouncement on minimum wage; adding that the workers have been shortchanged for the past two years, based on the law on minimum wage.
Speaking on the matter, Comrade Maradun said: “We observed with great discontentment, the slow pace of work on the new national minimum wage, noting that the current minimum wage law came into effect in 2011 and it was designed for review in every five years.
By implication, another minimum wage ought to have been signed into law since 2016. That is to say that, the Nigerian workers have been denied the fruit of their labour for the past two years.
“As we patiently await the pronouncement of the new minimum wage at the third quarter of the year as announced by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige during the just concluded 40th anniversary of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
I implored Nigerian workers to be at alert as the road to the minimum wage may not come easy.