- The Trade Union Congress (TUC) President, Festus Osifo, expressed frustration with the Ministry of Labour’s repeated promises
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) President, Festus Osifo, has stated that the union is tired of the Ministry of Labour’s promises to implement the union’s demands as soon as possible.
The TUC’s demands included wage increases for civil servants to compensate for the hardship caused by the removal of fuel subsidies, tax exemption for certain categories of workers, and the establishment of structures to ensure the effective implementation of the federal government’s palliatives.
Simon Lalong, Minister of Labour and Employment, previously assured Nigerian workers that the government would resolve the wage award issue soon.
The minister also urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) not to go on indefinite strike and to allow the government to resolve all outstanding issues.
However, in an interview with Channels TV on Tuesday, Osifo stated that the union now desired concrete actions.
In the last meeting we had with the Ministry of Labour, they told us the same thing that the president was out of the country and when he comes back they believe that he will make the pronouncement.
But I saw it this morning that he said the pronouncement will come soon but again we are really tired of soon, we want a definite pronouncement, we want definite solution to this lingering issues.
At the end of the day, we have been hearing dates, we have been hearing it will come today, tomorrow or next tomorrow, we are relatively tired of promises, all we want is action.
Nigerians are tired of lot of meetings, lots of promises, what we want is concrete action, so we are tired of promises and promises.