Anambra NLC Says Minimum Wage Inadequate, Seeks Speedy Salary Review
Anambra State Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Chinwe Orizu, has called for a speedy review of the minimum wages of workers in the state, revealing that the monthly take-home is inadequate.
Orizu, who spoke to newsmen in Awka, the state capital, yesterday, disclosed that transportation expenses have tripled to the extent that an average worker, who is on a take-home of N30, 000 per month, has little or nothing to fall back on.
She expressed hope that the ongoing review of salaries and allowances by the Joint Negotiating Council of workers would be done quickly, and that the outcome would be a living wage.
The NLC boss said that there are still two issues that are yet to be resolved with regard to the minimum wage, revealing that congress did not negotiate the minimum wage.
She listed some demands that urgently needed to be addressed including: the provision of low-cost housing, effecting constant promotion of workers as and when due to serve as motivation for improved productivity, training and re-training of the workforce, including labour leaders on organisation management and leadership, among others.
She praised Governor Chukwuma Soludo for keeping, to a large extent, his May Day 2022 promise to look into the minimum wage and salary review, in addition to embarking on the promotion of teachers and doctors in the service.
According to her, the administration of Soludo is still young for any meaningful assessment of performance. She said: “The Soludo administration is too young to begin to assess it meaningfully; he is trying to put things well and paying salary earlier than most states, except that our take-home is little.