By Daniel Tyokua
The Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has said that the tripartite agreement being arrived at the #30,000.00 minimum wage increment will boost the morales of Nigerian workers.
National president of the union, comrade Biobelemoye Josiah said the decision of the NLC and organised labour to insist on the increment if implemented would increase more productivity in all the public sectors.
He said the minimum wage increment was due since 2016, from 2011 to 2016, but the government pleaded that it was new and the economy was down, which they workers showed some understanding, hence the reason labour remained patient, until recently when the matter was brought up.
Though the planned labour strike was called off after both parties reach an agreement recently, the bill has since been sent to the National Assembly for consideration.
The union’s president told journalists in Abuja that, the government was complaining of a broken economy but then the political class earns equal to, or more than their counterparts in the united States where Nigeria copied the model.
“The #30,000.00 compromise figure by the Nigerian workers is less than 100 USD per month at the current exchange rate of #365.00 per dollar. Whereas in the same united States the minimum wage per hour is 10 USD that is 80 USD per day 400 USD for 5 working days (per weekend).
“1600 USD per month that is (N584,000.00 per month). Therefore, there is no reason why the political class should earn even 10% more than their American counterparts while the workers are earning pittance”
He described the insinuation that any pay rise in Nigeria would cause inflation as mischievous, saying the current inflation in the country which is double digit, neither is it also responsible for the economic recession the country found itself.