By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees AUPCTRE have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to do something very fast to address the hardship faced by Nigerian workers.
The AUPCTRE President, Comrade Benjamin Anthony, made the appeal in a statement on the commemoration of Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Friday in Abuja.
Anthony said the rising cost of commodities in the market is almost beyond the affordability and purchasing powers of an average worker in the country.
He explained that the prices of food, children school fees, medicals, accommodation, transportation expenses have continued to rise daily except workers’ salaries.
“It would be unrealistic not to draw government’s attention to the suffering of Nigerian workers which has translated into several industrial crisis across ministries, department and agencies,” Anthony said.
The labour leader also used the occasion of Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary to urge the Federal Government to urgently address the current challenges of kidnapping, banditry and corruption which has bedevilled the achievement of the present administration.
He commended the federal government for the recent approval of 14 days Paternity Leave for workers, calculation of annual leave on working days instead of calendar days and replacement of APER with New Performance Management System etc.
“In spite of the suffering and challenges face by workers, I’m appealing that they should shun corruption, join hands with the government in eliminating all the ills affecting the growth of this nation,” he added.