The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has expressed its deep disappointment with the Ministry of Labour and Employment over what it perceives as repeated empty promises by the government. The TUC is now urging for concrete actions to address several critical demands, including wage awards for federal civil servants, tax exemptions for specific worker categories, and the establishment of effective structures for implementing government palliatives.
Festus Osifo, the President of the TUC, did not mince words when he shared his frustration during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. He emphasized that the union and Nigerian workers, in general, have grown weary of hearing promises of action without witnessing tangible results. “We are really tired of ‘soon.’ We want a definite pronouncement; we want definite solutions to these pressing issues because, at the end of the day, promises don’t put food on the table,” Osifo stated.
The TUC has become increasingly impatient with the government’s continuous assurances, which have often been accompanied by vague timelines. Osifo lamented, “We have been hearing of dates. We have been hearing, ‘It will come today, tomorrow, next tomorrow.’ We are relatively tired of promises; all we want is actions.”
During the last meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, Osifo was informed that the President was currently out of the country but might make a pronouncement upon his return. However, the TUC President expressed skepticism, as such promises have been made in the past without substantial follow-through.
The TUC’s demands are rooted in the desire to improve the working conditions and financial well-being of Nigerian workers. Wage awards for federal civil servants are seen as a crucial step in ensuring fair compensation, while tax exemptions for specific worker categories would alleviate the financial burdens on these individuals. Additionally, the union is urging the government to establish effective structures to implement palliatives, which are essential for addressing the economic challenges faced by many Nigerians.
As frustration mounts within the TUC and among the workforce, the call for concrete actions from the government becomes increasingly urgent. Workers across Nigeria are eagerly awaiting tangible results that will improve their lives and livelihoods.
The TUC’s message is clear: “We’re Tired Of FG’s Promises, All We Want Is Action.” Nigerian workers are hoping that their voices are heard and that meaningful steps are taken to address their pressing concerns.
Source: Channels Television
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