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6 April 2015

Buhari Must Not Lay Off Workers, Says LP

BraveheartNija in Abuja
National Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Dr. Olukayode Ajulo

The National Secretary of Labour Party (LP), Dr. Olukayode Ajulo, on Sunday said the president-elect, General Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would make a mistake if he attempts  to lay off workers as a means of saving cost or as a fallout of reforms policy  in the civil service.
He reminded the incoming government  that the Minimum Wage Act is due for review as provided in the legislation to be reviewed every five years.
In a statement, Ajulo gave an insight into why his party endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan during the presidential election, stating that his government’s pro-workers  policies  are the determinants factors for the endorsement.

“President Jonathan has set a good example by being the only government that did not overtly or covertly retrench workers; instead a system was put in place that helped to detect more than 50,000 ghost workers and saved  the government a whopping N150 billion.
“The same government has shown commitment to increase of minimum wage, compensation to workers in regards to work hazard and successfully addressing issues of pension.
“These are not legacies that can’t be easily wished away by any successive government that wants to succeed. This is important not only in the interest of the workers alone, but also in the overall interest of the nation.
While commending the outgoing president for exhibiting statesmanship, the LP scribe urged the president-elect to build on the foundation laid by President Jonathan

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