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Labour rejects FG’s N60k minimum wage proposal



Labour rejects FG's N60k minimum wage proposal

Organized Labour has rejected the Tuesday (today, May 28) proposal of N60,000 as minimum wage for Nigerian workers.


Organized labour, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the proposal of the federal government cannot sustain the Nigerian workers. Labour said it stands by its well calculated demand of N497,000 as minimum wage for workers.


The new 60,000 proposed by the federal government showed N3,000 was added to last week’s proposal of N57,000.


Recall that Professor Theophilus Ndubuaku, a member of the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage, had said that organized labour would not compromise against Nigerian workers.


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Ndubuaku said that a proposal by the federal government of N100,000 as minimum wage will be rejected by organized labour. He accused the federal government of neglecting workers.


Professor Theophilus also argued that the government would not blame paucity of funds in paying minimum wage as it has consistently shown preference in allocating money for political office holders. He particularly pointed Tinubu’s government plan to by SUV vehicles for Customs to the tune of N200 billion.


President Tinubu-led government promised workers that a new minimum wage would be available by May end. The government also promised arrears of the new minimum wage would be paid in the May salary. With days for May to come to an end, will the federal government fulfill its promise to Nigerian workers?