Be Sensitive To Workers’ Plights, Avoid Labour Strikes, NUJ Lagos Council Tells Govt

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By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council has blamed continuous civil servants’ labour unrest in Nigeria on governments’ insensitivity to the plight of workers.

According to NUJ,  the way and manner governments at all levels handle the welfare of their workers is dissatisfactory.                              
It therefore urged the governments to review workers’ salary scales upward to reflect current trends in the nation’s economy. 

“The incessant labour strikes rocking the country should not have lingered if government  was sensitive to the demands of workers,” the body of the Fourth Estate of the Realm practitioners said.
The Council commended judicial workers for demanding better working conditions and signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the state governments. 
The Council called on state governments to implement the MoA speedily in order to improve the standard of living of the workers and save the nation from the regularly occuring strikes by labour unions.
The Council expressed this view at its June Congress which took place on Saturday.

The Council condemned the rise in the cost of living (inflation) in the country. 
It noted that the situation was compounded by the incessant increase in taxes on incomes of workers across the nation and urged the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to cut the taxes to bring down inflation. 
It called on the Federal Government to come up with a new salary structure (increase) for journalists both in public and private sectors and also increase their retirement age from 60 to 65 years.  
The Council frowned at the poor state of the roads especially the ones belonging to the Federal Government across the country. 
Citing the case of Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa Expressway as examples,  the Council stressed that the roads had been in bad state and remains a death-trap.
 It urged the government to fix the road and others to save Nigerians from incessant accidents which have claimed lives of many innocent Nigerians.

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