Several sums had been proposed as minimum wage – from 50,000 to 100,000 Naira, but the organised labour in Rivers has insisted on 66,500 Naira as national minimum wage for the workers in Nigeria.

They made the demand on Friday in Port Harcourt when leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC held public hearing on national minimum wage.

According to them, the existing 18, 000 Naira minimum wage is of no economic significance in the present economic situation.

Mrs Beatrice Otobo and Mr Austine Jonathan, NLC and TUC chairmen in the state, said the proposed 66, 500 Naira was not “a take home due to deductions - tax, and compulsory pension contributions.

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“It is not a take home because of tax deductions among others,’’ she said.

Jonathan noted that part of the proposed 66,500 Naira would go to healthcare, saying the menacing black soot was killing Rivers workers/residents.

The labour leaders also demanded upward review of workers’ salary every five years as well as building of social infrastructure to check high cost of living.

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