JUST IN: TUC Demands N200,000 Workers’ Minimum Wage, Other Reforms from FG [DETAILS]
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria has firmly called on the Federal Government to raise the national minimum wage from its current rate of N30,000 to N200,000.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that this demand comes as part of the conditions presented by the labour union to avert an impending strike following the sudden removal of fuel subsidy by the government.
In a joint statement released on Monday and signed by TUC President Comrade Festus Osifo and Secretary General Comrade Nuhu Abba Toro, the labour union outlined a list of additional demands.
Among the demands, TUC is urging the government to revert fuel pump prices back to the previous rate of N195 while negotiations continue.
The TUC’s proposal coincides with ongoing discussions between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the country’s primary labour body, regarding plans to suspend the impending strike action.
The demands read as follows:
“Minimum wage should be increased from the current N30,000 to N200,000 before the end of June 2023 with consequential adjustment on Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), like feeding, transport, housing,” TUC stated.
” We want PMS Allowance to be introduced for those earning between N200,000 to N500,000 or 500USD to 1,200USD whichever is higher.
“The Exchange rate for retailing PMS in the country must be kept within a limit of +- 2% for the next ten (10) years where the fluctuation is more that 2%, the minimum wage will automatically increase at the same rate.
“Setting up of intervention fund where government will be paying N10 per liter on all locally consumed PMS. The primary purpose of this fund is to solve perennial and protracted national issues in education, health and housing. A governance structure that will include labour, civil society and government will be put in place to manage the implementation.
“Federal government should provide mass transit vehicles for all categories of the populace.
“State Governments should immediately set up a subsidized transportation system to reduce the pressure on workers and students. The framework around this will be worked out.
“Immediate review of the National Health Insurance Scheme to cover more Nigerians and prevent out of stock of drugs.
“Visitation of the refineries that are currently undergoing rehabilitation to ascertain state of work and Setting up timeline for its completion.
“The president should direct who ever will be labour minister to immediately constitute the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC). This platform will be used by government, Labour and employer to discuss issues and policies of government that may affect workers and all other mandate as specified in the law.
“Provision of subsidy directly for food items, the 800million dollars could be a first step.
“The existing National Housing Fund (NHF) should be made accessible to genuine workers; the framework on this must be discussed and agreed.
“Medium Term, Deployment of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) across the country in line with the earlier promise made by government. The framework and timeline will be developed and agreed by both parties.
“Labour and government to design a framework that will be geared towards the reduction of cost of governance by 15% in 2024 and 30% by 2025.
“A framework should be immediately put in place to maintain the road and expand the rail networks across the country. Government must design a framework for social housing policy for workers through Rent to Own System.
“The state of electricity in the country must be appraised and an action plan should be defined with time lines on how to get this fixed. A strong monitoring team comprising of all parties will be constituted,” the statement added.
Source: Politics Nigeria
Doctors To Tinubu: Declare State of Emergency on Health Sector
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has urged President Bola Tinubu to declare a state of emergency in the country’s health sector. In a communiqué issued after its general meeting held on May 28 and June 3 in Lagos, the group said the era of paying lip service to brain drain should be over in the sector.
The communique was signed by the president of the association, Dr Orji Emeka Innocent; secretary general, Dr Chikezie Kelechi; and publicity and social secretary, Dr Umar Musa.NARD urged the government to set up a high-powered panel to review and harmonise the reports from the former President Obasanjo Health Agenda for Nigeria committee and the former Vice President Osinbajo-led Health Sector Reform Committee, to generate a plan of action in the health sector for the Tinubu administration.
The association also insisted on the demand for at least a 200 per cent increment in the salary structure and the associated allowances as contained in its July 7, 2022 letter to the government. “We have resolved to give the new government some time to quickly resolve this issue, which is at the root of the current spate of massive brain drain in the sector,” it said.
It also called on President Tinubu to, as a matter of urgency, put measures in place to cushion the effect of subsidy removal on poor Nigerians. It advised the government to ensure that monies saved from the removal of subsidy are put into meaningful investments like health and education that would better the lives of all Nigerians.
Source: Politics Nigeria