The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has reached out to organised labour to challenge political leaders to make sure the state resources cater to the needs of workers and other Nigerians.
Oshiomhole disclosed this in Abuja at a reception in honour of the Director-General, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder.
He said he was worried about the nonchalant attitude of leaders towards enhancing the lives of Nigerian workers and said the organised labour have to change the lives of these hardworking men and women.
His words, “We have to do things differently about minimum wage,”
“So if every other costs are changing, and labour cost is constant…, somebody is being squeezed. “Rising crises, stagnant wages, a very miserable lifestyle, and you have to fight for that.
“And we now see in Nigeria the difference between signing an agreement and the challenge of translating those laws, and even the contradiction of signing laws first before getting consultants to tell us how to implement these laws.
“Just to tell you that from inside, I am much more convinced that unions should not only exist, but should have the capacity and ruthlessly deploy that capacity to ensure that the resources of states are dissipated in favour of working people and working families,”
“With population at 3 per cent, poverty must be endemic, it is not rocket science, so we so need to have conversations on various aspects of society, particularly at what we do differently to get the youth busy.”
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