The President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in the United States CBTU, Rev. Terrence Melvin has asked African countries to give her workers a living wage instead of a minimum wage.
Melvin who speaks with Journalists on the sideline of the just concluded 4th Ordinary Congress of the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC), in Abuja, that would also give room for a maternity and paternity leave for both women and men workers in the continent.
The continental congress, one of the pressing issues discussed, was how to effectively have a push for common goal that will enable workers globally earn a living wage rather than a minimum wage.
The CBTU president further said the group is trying to encourage each union in each country to
“look at a livable wage as minimum wage.”
He said “It inspires me when I see workers coming together wanting to work together, this is a coalition of unionists from across the African continent, fifty- two countries coming together today saying they are going to be one and that we are united.”
“And when they are united, we bring our strength from the United States and we get our allies from Europe, and South America to come in; We can change what is going on in everyone of these countries and it is my hope and my dream that we take my continent Africa and move the minimum wage up to living wage and make sure every woman and every man has maternity and paternity leave to take care of their families.”.