By Appolos Christian
As this year’s Workers Day celebration which is holding tomorrow; the 1st of May, 2018, closes in, the organised labour has said that the living conditions of Nigerian workers have tremendously deteriorated.
This was made known during a press briefing organised by the 2018 Joint May Day Committee comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), over the weekend in Abuja.
The Chairman of the committee who is also the Deputy President of the NLC, Comrade Najeem Yasin, noted that as a result of the economic and political troubling in the country, most workers were at the verge of losing faith in governments numerous promises of a better future.
“There is overwhelming evidence to show that the living conditions of Nigerian workers and citizens have deteriorated in the past few years.
“To worsen the precarious condition that we workers have found ourselves is the absence of meaningful social cushioning especially by way of decent wages and dignified working conditions.
“Even the minimum wage promised by government is yet to materialize. The broader economic and political dynamics of our country continue to tempt many workers to lose faith and hope in the Nigerian promise.
“It is under these dark clouds that we seek to inspire strength, confidence and hope in Nigerian workers and ordinary Nigerians who currently feel shortchanged,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Co-Chairman and Chairman TUC FCT chapter, Comrade Amodu Olayinka, disclosed that organised labour was in partnership with all security operatives across the country to avoid a repeat of workers revolt as witnessed at the last May Day workers celebration.