Following the increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 per litre, Nigerian oil workers have called on the federal government to increase the new minimum wage from N18,000 to N90,000.
This is contained in a statement issued after the joint meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in Calabar, Cross River State on Friday.
While commending the Federal Government for removing subsidy on petrol, they said that they would push for a new minimum wage demand of N90,000.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had criticised the decision, and vowed to resist what it called “the height of insensitivity and impunity”.
Several aggrieved Nigerians had expected the two oil workers unions, which are key affiliates of the NLC, to follow suit with strong words against the new fuel price.
However, after the meeting, the leadership of the two unions in a joint communiqué said:
“The price is the secondary issue; the Federal Government has brought up a policy that would stop money from entering into the hands of few individuals.”
“The subsidy removal is a welcome development; we must not mortgage our economy into the hands of few selfish individuals.’’
“With the new pump price of N145 per litre, government must speed up the negotiation process for a new minimum wage of N90, 000 to cushion the effect of the envisaged inflation.
As the price of fuel increases, there should also be an increment in workers’ salary as the old minimum wage of N18, 000 has no effect again.’’