Adebayo Adenrele

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, has called on workers to be hardworking, adding that there is no pay without work as Muhammadu Buhari plans to increase the total upward review of government workers to lessen hardship faced by them.

Ngige stated this when he delivered a speech at the public presentation of a compendium of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at 40 publication titled, “Contemporary History of Working Class Struggles,” in Abuja.

HE added that the adjustment is imperative, following the current economic hardship experienced in Nigeria.

In his words, “If you don’t work, you won’t eat. The inflation is worldwide, we shall adjust the minimum wage in conformity with what is happening and much more important, the 2019 Minimum Wage Act has a new clause for a review.”

“That adjustment has started with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because the stage they are at with their primary employers, the ministry of education, is a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), negotiations.”

“Under the principles of offer and acceptance, which is that of Collective Bargaining, ASUU can say let’s look at the offer they gave us and make a counter offer, but they have not done that, if they do that, we are bound to look at their offer, these are the ingredients of collective negotiations.”