Labour should fight for unpaid wages-CDWR

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[May Day]–The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) has called on called on Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC)  and United Labour Congress (ULC) to unite and jointly fight for payment of backlog of salaries and pensions owed to workers and pensioners across the country.

This was contained in a solidarity message by CDWR through its Publicity Secretary, Chinedu Bosah, who contended that the last two years brought untold hardship to workers and their families.

He said, “The minimum wage structure that came into being in 2011 is long overdue for upward review but the government has failed to review, while labour leadership is dilly-dallying.

“To add insult to injury, most of the states have been paying a fraction of workers monthly salary for over a year running. Virtually all the states and the federal government owe pensioners their pension, while some states wickedly owe up to 40 months.

“Now the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has revealed that even the Federal Government owes workers about N290 billion promotion arrears and that this indebtedness dates back to 2007!

“This is so because the trade union movement failed to respond with sustained mass actions aimed at stopping these attacks from the ruling elite. “Workers and pensioners are wallowing in poverty, political office holders earn jumbo salaries and allowances which are among the highest in the world.

“The pay of top political office holders are so scandalous such that there has been outcry for it to be reduced drastically.”

He explained that CDWR “has been demanding over a decade that salaries and allowances of political office holders be based on civil service wage structure, while the wage of workers should be increased to a living wage, adding that Reduction is not an option as long as “these self-serving politicians wield power.”

Bosah noted that “workers create wealth, a  handful of bosses creams the large portion of the wealth, leaving the crumbs to workers and this is the basis of the ongoing crisis, of deepening poverty, high rate of insecurity, increasing inequality and depleted infrastructure, hence past and present capitalist governments are responsible for the present economic problems confronting the working masses through sustained anti-people policies.”

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