The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kano State Council, has urged the Federal Government to review workers’ salaries and minimum pension in every five years to provide industrial peace and harmony in the country as the Nation marks her 62nd Independence Anniversary.
The Chairman NLC Kano, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, gave the advice while fielding questions from journalists in Kano on Saturday.
He said as a Nation, Nigeria at 62 witness some level of development in some areas and need to do more in other areas.
According to him, the way forward to improve workers salaries in the country is to adhere to the provisions of the law as contained in the 1999 Federal Government of Constitution(as amended).
“The law says workers salaries should be reviewed every five years in respective of inflation or not and same constitution extend this to review of Minimum Pension every five years weather there is Minimum Wage increase or inflation.
“By abiding by this provisions it will provide industrial peace and harmony in the country and the purchasing power of workers will not always be eroded”, Ado-Minjibir said.
He further explained that workers and pensioners welfare need to be improved compared to what is happening in other countries even within the African underdeveloped countries.
“We appreciate the Federal Government for review of Minimum Wage which is suppose to be every five years.
“Unemployment is a very challenging situation looking at the number of unemployed youth and graduates in the country which definitely contribute to the current insecurity we are facing as a Nation”
He advised the Federal and States Governments to take the issue of employment as an issue of priority and reviving of our industries which also serve as major employment of labour in the country.