By Gilbert Ekugbe
Nigeria Industrial Digest spoke with some Nigerian workers across different sectors of the economy, on what May Day means to them, and what are their expectations from employers?
There were their responses: “Miss. ArinolaTemiope, Sales Representative, Temmy Cubes Limited, said:” May Day, otherwise known as Labour Day, is a day that is meant to celebrate the efforts and commitments of employees in their quest to achieve organizational overall objectives. Her expectation from her employer is to get promoted by her employer she said.
Mr. Kayode Akingbuyi, a staff with Yaba College of Technology, said May Day is a day to commend workers for their unflinching support and dedication at the workplace while also celebrating the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions internationally for solidarity between working people in their struggles to win fair employment standards and more importantly, to establish a culture of human and worker rights and to ensure that these are enshrined in international law and the national law of those countries aligned to the International Labour Organization
His expectation from his employer is simply to improve the working standards and welfare of its employees
Mrs. Ajaero Olivia, Human Resource Manager, SwayVille International School, said:” May Day is a day of spring forth for workers and her expectations from her employer are to introduce new innovations and programmes to boost employees’ motivation and welfare.”
Mr. Yomi Abayomi, a worker with Lagos State Development Property Corporation, LSDPC, said: “Literally, May Day is derived from the French “m’aidez”, pronounced “May Day,” and means literally “Help me”. In my own view, May Day is a day set aside to appreciate and celebrate workers and my expectations from my employer are to get me promoted and increase my salary.
Mr. Benjamin Alade, a correspondent with The Guardian Newspapers, said May Day is a day set aside to celebrate and appreciate workers, saying that for this reason, there is a need for employers to address the challenges hindering staff development and reward employees, accordingly.