Nigerian Workers Celebrate 2019 May Day

Workers Day Nigeria

Thousands of Nigerian workers joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate May Day also known as Workers Day, a day set aside to celebrate labour and push for dignity and social justice for workers. The commemoration is coming amidst high expectations for the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari after much back and forth negotiations between labour and the Federal Government.
In a joint address, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade AyubaWabba and President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade BobboiBalaKaigama encouraged the government to take steps towards tackling the excruciating inflationary rates to restore the purchasing power of Nigerian workers as there are no cushioning palliatives. While appreciating the National Assembly leadership and the President for bringing into existence a new minimum wage regime, the apex labour leaders saluted the courageous, resilient and patriotic Nigerian workers, pensioners and their families for continued endurance of the profligacy and profanity of an unrepentant ruling class. They charged them to continue in the push for social justice by committedly supporting the struggle.
Comrades AyubaWabba also called on all involved in the struggle to do more as well as paid tribute to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and member trade union centres for their roles at the global level of the struggle and felicitated with the International Labour organization (ILO) on its centenary celebration. Tribute was paid to past labour leaders and veterans especially Pa Michael Imoudu, the shop floor members of the working-class and all those who paid the supreme sacrifice for the emancipation and happiness of the workers.
Besides members of the diplomatic community, federal legislative arm and a mammoth crowd of workers, the occasion which took place at the Eagle Square, Abuja, was also attended by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Execellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as representative of the President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari.
In many countries, May 1 every year is set aside as workers holiday. In Nigeria, May Day was first declared a holiday in 1980 by the Peoples Redemption Party governments of Kaduna and Kano States. It became a national holiday in 1981.


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