The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Anambra chapter, has decried increasing job losses and poor living condition of workers’ as a result of the current economic recession.
Anambra NLC Chairman, Mr Jerry Nnubia, who spoke on Friday in Awka at a ceremony to mark the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW), stressed the need to do something urgently to redress the trend.
Nnubia said that Oct. 7 had been set aside since 2008 by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to address issues pertaining to job safety, security and welfare of workers’ across the world
“The labour sector in Nigeria is nothing to write home about, the worker does not have security, his welfare is not met, poor medical scheme is resulting to avoidable deaths and people are losing jobs continuously.
“We want to use the global event to call for the declaration of state of emergency in the labour sector, governments should encourage firms and help them to grow.
He said the recession was taking its toll on Nigerian workers, adding that the value of their take-home pay had been reduced drastically by the increasing cost of living.
Nnubia appealed to the Federal Government to take necessary measures that would enable workers to keep their jobs in both the public and private sectors.
He appealed to Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra to review the salaries of workers when the state’s revenue improves.
Nnubia said that workers may be forced to agitate for better welfare as the recession was affecting them so negatively.
“Unlike what people think, this is the best time to agitate for higher wages because while our salaries remain static, prices are increasing,” he said.