Nigeria Labour Congress Says Akwa Ibom Workers Are Under Slavery
Akwa Ibom State Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Iboro Ibara has labelled the situation of workers in the country, most especially Akwa Ibom workers as that of being under slavery.
The Vice Chairman disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo today while monitoring the ongoing warning strike declared by the congress.
Comrade Ibara also stated that workers in the country were angry because what they were being paid as minimum wage was not up to a living wage.
“I don’t think it is a matter of compliance. Every worker in Nigeria knows that he or she is not earning a living wage. It is not a question of compliance.
”It is that workers across the country are angry. All offices are under lock and key, you cannot expect to see any worker.
“They have been angry for years, this is slavery; we do not even need to compel the workers to join the strike.
“Every worker is angrily at homes. They (workers) are looking for avenues to explode. The slavery in this country is too much.
“We are talking about living wage here, what we are calling a minimum wage is not even living wage.
“The Government should be happy that we have even condescend to a level of even accepting this minimum that cannot be called a living wage.
“So, no worker will go to work in Akwa Ibom State until we receive contrary directive from our National Headquarters,” Ibara said.