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MINIMUM WAGE: Your threat on nationwide strike is empty, Timi Frank chides labour leaders

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A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timi Frank, on Friday said the current labour in the country were not serious minded over the threat of nationwide strike over their minimum wage negotiation with the Federal Governmen..

Frank said the labour leaders lack the will to fight for their members across the nation as they have been compromised severally.

The activist spoke in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday.

The former APC chieftain who said labour leaders’ cry was coming too late, said N30000 minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari had already become useless, considering current imposed charges on telecommunications providers, Value Added Tax, increased bank charges, proposed toll gates and partial closure of land borders, N30,000 minimum wage had become useless.

He added that on every recharge card Nigerians buy there is 5% being charged VAT, wondering why the burdensome policies on the common man by the APC’s Government.

The activist said he believes that the labour leaders were making empty threats so as to be seen as serving the interests of their members while they wine and dine with top administrative officials.

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He also recalled that during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration that “gave more attention to Nigerian workers’ plight, TUC, NLC, ASUU, health workers and others were always in the news for one demand or the other and frequently embarking on strike and demonstrations but they can no longer bite because most of their leaders are now card-carrying members of the APC.

“The Buhari-led federal government promised the Nigerian workers heaven on earth before the general elections but has been complaining of no money to pay workers just N30,000.

“However, when it is time to use money for elections, the administration will not mind to deep hands into various revenue generating agencies to prosecute their selfish agenda.

“The money being looted daily under the current administration is enough to pay even more than N30,000 as minimum wage to Nigerian workers but no one will blame the government because the current labour leaders are weak and compromised.

“They have been used and dumped by the same administration and they can only bark and not bite.”

Frank, also carpeted labour leaders saying they have been politicized. He also said Labour Union Nigeria have refused to take action to resist bad policies of government.

“All over the world, Labour Unions are always the first to speak up against unnecessary increase in taxes, bad policies and other actions that have direct bearing on the citizens but in Nigeria, most of the Union leaders are compromised and have turned a blind eye to the plight of their members,” Frank added.

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