The President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has assured Nigerian workers of a minimum wage, social and economic justice.He gave the assurance on Monday in Abuja in his solidarity massage to Nigerian workers on the 2023 International Workers’ Day. He added that workers in the country would have a living wage to have a decent life and provide for their families under his leadership.The two-term former Lagos State governor also assured Nigerian workers that he was a dependable ally and co-labourer in the fight for social and economic justice for all Nigerians. He reminded Nigerian workers that we all had a common battle to wage we must win together.
He noted that it was the fight against poverty, ignorance, disease, disunity, ethnic and religious hate and all negative forces that contend against the stability and prosperity of the country. ’In the Nigeria I shall have the honour and privilege to lead from May 29, workers will have more than a minimum wage.
“You will have a living wage to have a decent life and provide for your families.“The days ahead will, however, demand better understanding and cooperation from all sides,because leadership will require that we take tough and hard decisions so that our people and all Nigerian workers can live more abundantly,” Tinubu said.
He further noted that Worker’s Day was a special day in most parts of the world.
He said it was a day to salute and honour the working people whose hard work and sweat continued to oil the wheel of human progress and advancement.Tinubu said the day was significant in many respects, adding that it was a day forged and born out of the struggle for workers’ rights and socio-economic justice.
He recalled that since 1891, the day had been observed all over the world, adding that in Nigeria, every May 1 was a special day in our national calendar. The President-elect added that the public holiday we observed was not just to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices of workers to the well-being of our country.
.“And more important, it is a testament to the critical role the labour movement plays in our march towards a stronger, united and more prosperous nation.“Since 1945 when the railway workers and 16 other public service unions led the first general strike to demand for better wages as a result of rising cost of living.“The Labour Movement in Nigeria has always fought on the side of the masses of our country,” he said. He said it was no surprise that the labour movement added fillip, zest and energy to the struggle for independence. He added that the Nigerian Labour Movement was also not found wanting during the struggle for the restoration of democracy.This, he said, was after almost two unbroken decades of military dictatorship