Labour warns FG about ‘suicidal’ plans to slash salaries


Organised Labour has slammed the Federal Government’s plan to slash the salaries of workers in the country.

Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Wabba noted that the plan was tantamount to a “mass suicide” wish for Nigerian workers.

According to him, the NLC was shocked at a statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on the plan to reduce the high cost of governance by cutting down on the workers’ salaries.

”The minister also allegedly directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), to immediately review the salaries of civil servants as well as the number of federal agencies in the country.

”It is almost unthinkable that the government would be contemplating to unilaterally slash the salaries of Nigerian workers at this time,” he said.

Wabba added that, “the question to ask is which salary is the government planning to slash? It certainly cannot be the meager national minimum wage of N30, 000, which right now cannot even buy a bag of rice”

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