1 May 2021 By Victoria Abah.
Many workers today trooped out in their numbers to the Eagle Square dressed in colorful attires chanting solidarity songs in commemoration of the International Workers Day.
In line with the sub theme of this year’s celebration; “Challenges For Decent Jobs And Peoples’ Welfare,” some Union workers present at the event, highlighted some of the challenges faced at the work place, especially in the face of COVID-19, and called for better working environment.
For the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, it was a call for government to tackle insecurity.
Speaking to Radio Nigeria Kapital FM, the National President, of the Association, Mr Nnachi Michael, pointed out that nurses were at risk while playing their strategic roles as frontline workers in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the need for government to provide a safe and healthy working environment.
For The Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers’ Union, RATTAWU it was an opportunity to cry for improved welfare for members, through the implementation of the New Media Salary Structure, as stated by the National President, Comrade Kabir Garba Tsanni.
The Nigerian Textile Garment and Tailoring Employers Association, represented by its Chairman, Comrade Ali Empaul, are of the opinion that if the government provided the needed infrastructure, especially in the areas of security and electricity to support the industry, youths would become self reliant.
In support of this call, President, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Quadri Olaleye said the organized labor was calling for the adjustment of the price of gas for the power sector and for increase in price to be suspended for the next 3 years to support electricity tariff stability.
On the Occasion, The Minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, appreciated health workers, saying “they risk it all so that we can all be safe.”
The Minister of State Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, gave assurance that the ministry was working towards addressing the plight of workers especially in the face of the COVID19 pandemic.