The economy cannot recover with poorly paid workers – Labour leader

Labour leader, Isa Aremu appealed to the Federal Government to constitute a national minimum wage review committee without delay to alleviate workers’ suffering.

He said this on Monday, adding that the economy cannot grow when workers are being paid poorly.

“There is no way the economy can recover with poorly paid workers,’’ Aremu said according to NAN.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have been agitating for an increase in minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000.

“Increase in wage is a matter of law and not based on government revenue generation.

“It is long overdue; our patience is running out. We have already lost two years.

“We hope the organised labour will not resort to industrial action. The government should avoid this.

“Previously, there was no increase in wage without a nationwide strike, and strike is not healthy for anybody. We have enough problem in the economy,” Aremu said.

He said that the payment of a correct wage at the right time was a major way to economic recovery.

He, however, commended Acting President Yemi Osibanjo for giving an executive order on ease of doing business.

Aremu said that the government’s decision would improve investment and develop the economy.

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