The organised labour has expressed in unmistaken terms their displeasure with the National Council of State’s approval of a 27,000-naira minimum wage instead of their preferred 30,000 naira.

As a result, the union now wants to shift its struggle to the National Assembly, to lobby the lawmakers to approve 30,000-naira for workers.

This plan was disclosed by the president of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC Bobboi Kaigama in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari takes the 27, 000-naira agreed by the National Council of State to the lawmakers, organised labour will provide necessary documents and agreements reached by the tripartite committee to lobby for 30,000-naira,” Kaigama said.

Labour had swiftly rejected the 27,000-naira minimum wage, arguing that the council, made up of former heads of state and key government functionaries lacked jurisdiction on the issue.

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Public sector workers in Nigeria currently earn some of the lowest wages in the world.

A tripartite committee set up by the government on minimum wage sat for one year and recommended 30,000-naira but the sum was rejected by many state governors who said that the sum was too much.

Kaigama told NAN that the decision of the council of state would not be allowed to stand because it would set a wrong precedent for the future.

“After statutory bodies have done their jobs, council of state will now sit to review it. 30,000 naira minimum wage is a product of negotiation, not legislation, not advice and not a decree,” he stated.

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