…Backs NLC strike
The Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON) says it supports the warning strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and advised the Federal Government to create minimal social protection for workers.
In an issued statement signed and issued by the federation’s General Secretary, Gbenga Komolafe, yesterday, it said, “The programmes announced by President Bola Tinubu’s government to cushion the effects of the present realities have further led to a spike in absolute poverty”.
Recall that the NLC declared a warning strike to press for increasing workers’ minimum wage following hyperinflation occasioned by the petrol subsidy removal.
At its emergency virtual meeting held recently, Komolafe said FIWON’s National Executive Committee noted that Nigeria workers have been facing extraordinary challenges since the federal government removed fuel subsidy.
According to him, successive governments’ programmes and actions since 2020 have aggravated gross income inequality and attacked productive activities in the informal and formal economy. He said the federation supports the NLC’s demands for an urgent wage review to reflect present-day economic realities for civil servants.
The organisation, the Secretary said, also recommended the immediate adoption of CNG to facilitate CNG-powered vehicles as an alternative to premium motor spirit. It also called for the immediate payment of salary arrears of ASUU members withheld by the federal government.
Komolafe further called for introducing social pensions to the most vulnerable, especially old people, the infirm and those unemployed for long periods.