Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra state on Saturday demanded scrapping of the Contributory Pension Scheme as well as refund of monies deducted from workers’ wages.
State chairman, Sir Jerry Nnubia who stated this in Awka during the 2021 workers’ day celebration, also appealed for full implementation of the new minimum wage as agreed and signed between organised labour and government.
He said, “The issue of Contributory Pension Scheme in the state has been a recurring decimal in all our May Day speeches from 2015 till date.
“We’ve made case that the scheme was designed not to succeed and demand that the scheme be scrapped and monies deducted from workers in the name of the scheme be refunded.”
Nnubia also pleaded with the government to direct the liquidation of the arears of the gratuities of retired Local Government workers and Primarily School teachers since 2018.
“Congress is worried about the poor remuneration of nurses and midwives in the state. This has posed a serious challenge to motivate them as they are the least paid in the South East zone,” he added.
The NLC boss also raised the challenges of teachers and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state, as well as construction of affordable houses for workers and labour house.
The Governor of the state, Willie Obiano who spoke through his deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke commended the workers for their support and patience, promising continued improvement of their welfare.
“Obiano understands the plight of the workers. He feels pained with the situation of things. He wished there is a magic wand. Let’s keep praying for better tomorrow.
“Nobody wants to create problems for his successor. We built an airport, we expect the next government to continue from where we stopped. That can only be possible if we elect a credible person who will do much better than us,” he said.