MINIMUM WAGE: Labour Union May Down Tools
Labour unions in Nigeria had met and reached an agreement to cut down their demand from 56,000 Naira to 30,000 after the organised private sector requested that the amount should be considered.
They had pushed their demand to the government to get it infused in the nation's law, but the government is dragging its foot as it appears.
Their patience of the organised labour is running out and it top officials will meet on Thursday to take final decision on the new National Minimum Wage for workers, following the delay by the Federal Government to announce its figure.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, is the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and he said the struggle for a new National Minimum Wage for worker remains on course.
This comes after the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, said there was no agreement yet by the Tripartite Committee on the new National Minimum wage figure in Nigeria.
He also said negotiations are still ongoing, but expressed worries about the capacity of employers to pay that amount.
"How many petrol attendants at fuel stations earn 18,000 Naira, he asked while briefing reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday.
According to him, the Federal Government is proposing 24,000 Naira.
The organised labour and the Tripartite Committee on the New National Minimum Wage had completed its assignment for onward submission to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“So, we as organised labour will be meeting in Lagos after which we will brief newsmen on the outcome of our decision.
The President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the organised labour had been taken for granted by the Minister of Labour and Employment.
Ajaero said that with the ways things were going as it concerns the new national minimum wage for workers in Nigeria, it might lead to an indefinite industrial strike.
“We as members of the ULC, we are not happy, initially we were asking for 90,000 Naira as the new National Minimum Wage for workers.
“But due to the Organised Private Sector’s appeal to the organised labour, we decided to fix it at 30,000 Naira for affordability.
“Right now if you look at what economy is talking about, you will find out the 30,000 Naira is nothing to write home about.
“Just look at what students are paying to sit for WAEC and JAMB, is it not too much? So, how can somebody who earns 30,000 Naira pay such for his or her child.
“Are these not agencies of government that are charging such, why would the Federal Government says that they cannot pay 30,000 Naira.
“We will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to take a definite decision and we will brief journalists after the meeting,” he said.
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