Minimum wage: Workers should not listen to Timi Frank, Ngige – TUC

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has advised  Nigerian workers shun remarks Timi Frank, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC that labour leaders compromised.

The Chairman, Enugu State chapter of the Union, Mr. Chukwuma Igbokwe, told newsmen in Enugu Friday that if government listened Frank, it might spell doom for the country and could precipitate a protracted labour unrest.

In the same vein, the labour leader also urged workers disregard the comment made the Minister of Labour and Employment, . Chris Ngige that government could not pay the new minimum wage unless some workers were laid off.

According to him, Ngige probably did not know what he was saying when he said that government could not afford to pay the consequential salary adjustment unless the workforce was downsized.

He said that government could pay N580 billion workers wage , pointing out that government had already paid N500 billion arrears of salary.

Recall that Timi Frank had advised the Federal Government to disregard the labour threat of going strike over the implementation of the new minimum wage, insisting that labour leaders hobnob with those in authority and thus lacked the integrity to call workers out for strike.

“He doesn’t know what he is talking about because if government listen to him, it will be easier for labour to take drastic action,” Igbokwe advised.

Igbokwe said that this would aggravate the unless a consensus was reached after October 16 when further negotiation labour and government would take place.

don’t think Ngige knows what he is saying,” the labour leader said.

He said that the organised labour had made it clear that upward increment in worker’s salary became necessary because of the prevailing economic realities in the country such as the increase in monetary foreign exchange, VAT as well as high cost of living in the country.

“Labour has been magnanimous in scaling down their demand from 66.6 per cent to 29 per cent and 24 per cent, and for this , government heed to their demand. (NAN)