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LAWMA street sweepers demand improved welfare

Street sweepers under the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) have cried out over unfavourable work conditions, which range from months of unpaid salaries to tedious work schedules.

According to NEW TELEGRAPH, the workers expressed their dissatisfaction with the slow rate at which their salaries are being paid by the government agency. They urged the government to ensure the prompt payment of their already inadequate salaries.

The workers are of two units, which include the regular sweepers and their supervisors. The supervisors are paid a monthly sum of N18, 000, while the sweepers earn the sum of N12,000.

One of the sweepers in Alimosho Local Government Area, who identified herself as Yetunde Alao, said they had only just received their April and May salaries on July 28, 2017.

She said: “It has become a regular practice of LAWMA to allow their salary arrears to accumulate for about five months, after which they are paid two months’ salaries out of the accrued amount. Even though the amount they pay us is not enough to fuel their cars, they chose to make us suffer for so long before they pay us.”

She called on the government to come to their aid by considering a raise in their salaries, as their pay can no longer meet up with the general rising costs of goods and services.

Another sweeper at the LASU-Isheri Zone, Mrs. Nike Oyewole, said: “We are made to work six days in a week, with one day off duty. We are not allowed to enjoy public holidays like other workers in the country.”

She went further to reveal that even their basic work tools and safety kits, such as brooms, Packers, nose covers and hand gloves were often bought by the sweepers themselves.

Also speaking was a senior official at the Shasha-Akowonjo axis, Mrs Bukola Ajewole, who pointed out the hazardous conditions in which the sweepers are meant to work.

She said: “There is no insurance cover for the sweepers. In the case of any accident in the course of duty, the sweepers are left to cater to the cost of their treatment from their own pockets. This is extremely unfair to the sweepers who earn far less than the national minimum wage as monthly salaries.

Source: NEW TELEGRAPH

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