Independence Day: NLC seeks improvedwelfare, social security for workers

Enugu – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
in Enugu State on Wednesday appealed to
government at all levels to improve the
welfare of workers to ensure improved
productivity and industrial peace.
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Chumaife Nze,
made the appeal in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
The union leader, while assessing the
achievements of the country since
independence, stressed the need for
industrial peace and harmony.
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Nze, who applauded the Federal and State
Governments for remarkable improvement in
infrastructure, agriculture, education and
health sectors, lamented that much had not
been done concerning the welfare of workers.
“Nigeria at 54 has actually done well. We
can say that there is an improvement in
what we have in education, health, road and
agriculture.
“If you look at what workers have been
collecting as take home package before and
what we have now, there is an improvement.
“The only issue is that if you match what we
collect as workers with social security, it is
not enough to take care of our immediate
family needs.
“What a worker take home as salary seem to
be below expectation.
“The government should as often as
possible, look at the economic situation of
the country, increase workers welfare
packages so that we will have enough to
take care of our family needs,” he said.
The union leader urged the government to
introduce some social packages like housing
and car loans to improve productivity of
workers especially at both state and federal
levels.
Besides, the chairman called on the
government to create more employment
opportunities for youths in the country and
diversify the economy and maintaining
peace.
“The government should also consider the
aged in the society especially pensioners.
“Government should pay pensioners to
enable those men and women who served
their fatherland to carter for their families
after retirement,’’ Nze said.
He called for more investment on education
especially at the primary and secondary
levels.

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