Minimum wage: Stop promoting poverty among workers, FWF tells FG

The Federal Workers Forum (FWF) Wednesday asked the federal government to stop promoting poverty among workers in the country with poor pay.

FMF stated this in a communique issued at the end of an online meeting of federal workers nationwide in Nigeria on Tuesday. 

The forum said, “The N62,000 minimum wage proposal is no way near a living wage, hence it is totally rejected by the federal workforce.

“The federal government and President Tinubu should put themselves in the shoes of the federal workers and stop promoting poverty among workers with poor pay.

” The federal government should pay up the arrears of wage award for the months of March, April and May within 72 hours, else federal government workers nationwide will embark on a continuous mass protest.

“There is definitely no excuse for the poor pay proposal, even neighbouring countries pay far more than the proposed starvation wage that cannot serve as a transport allowance.

“We are surprised that despite all these challenges, governments at all levels and the employers of labour are not showing enough empathy to the plight of the Nigerian workers.

 “We are also surprised at the way the minimum wage matter is being handled. We are equally terribly disappointed that the federal government had stopped the payment of N35,000 wage award meant to cushion the effects of the hardship visited on workers since the removal of subsidy on petrol. 

“The situation that prompted the idea of the wage award is still persisting and even with more debilitating effects on the federal government workers than when the idea was envisaged.”