Workers’ Day: Labour unions demand extension of retirement age

THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have demanded an extensive review of the retirement age for all civil servants and public workers by five years.

The organised labour unions asked the Federal Government to elongate the age of serving public servants from 60 to 65 years old and the years of service from 35 to 40 years of service.

NLC chairman Joe Ajaero made the demands during the commemoration of the 2023 Workers’ Day with the theme, ‘Workers’ Rights and Socioeconomic Justice’, on Monday, May 1, in Abuja.

Past and present leaders of the NLC and the TUC as well as those of other affiliate unions converged on the Eagle Square, in Abuja, for an event held to mark the 2023 May Day Celebration.

This year’s May Day celebration will be the last to be held under President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

In an address at the event, Ajaero noted that equity, fairness and justice underpins the survival of societies and creates resilience for nations in the midst of upheavals and turbulence.

He stressed that poor wages, abuse of workplace rights and privileges and unpaid salaries have stripped workers of their fundamental rights.

Ajaero pointed that Nigeria would not develop as a nation if workers refused to contribute their quotas.

“Nigeria and other nations will become dysfunctional if we (workers) don’t work. We are ashamed by the way we are treated, the government must be prepared to treat us better, workers right are human rights,” he said.

The NLC chairman further demanded the immediate setting up of an arbitrary panel to investigate the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu and his team over their conduct in the 2023 general elections.

He further demanded an investigation into the spending of N12 billion by the Ministry of Aviation to buy ten fire trucks.

Also speaking at the event, TUC President, Festus Osifo decried the state of Nigeria’s economy.

According to Osifo, Nigeria’s economy is on auto pilot and it is struggling to survive while those engaged to manage it have kept “throwing filth and injecting toxins into it”.

The TUC chairman however urged the Federal Government to rescind some policies that are detrimental to the progress of the nation.



    Those in attendance at the event include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

    The candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi was also in attendance.

    The ICIR reported that the NLC earlier warned that Nigerians may take laws into their hands if results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2023 general elections does reflect the will of the people.

    The union warned of mass protests by Nigerians.

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