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Minimum wage: Labour signed empty agreement with FG- Inibehe



Minimum wage: Labour signed empty agreement with FG- Inibehe

Human Rights Lawyer, Effiong Inibehe, has said the agreement signed by organized labour leadership with the federal government was vague.


Inibehe wondered why the Nigeria Labour Congress (NCL) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) presidents, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo respectively would agree to call off an indefinite strike embarked on by the labour union to demand living minimum wage for Nigerian workers over “vaguely” drafted agreement.


Inibehe added that NLC and TUC presidents, Ajaero and Osifo respectively, failed to see that the agreement draft they signed along with federal government’s representatives, Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment lacked the two issues that led to demand for strike.


He added that while the agreement signed by Ajaero and Osifo failed to address electricity tariff increase, paragraph three, section (i) that read President Tinubu would pay more than N60,000 as minimum wage did not address issue raised by labour.


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“This a vaguely drafted agreement that doesn’t address the two key demands. It is silent on electricity tariff, and has no definitive statement on a new national minimum wage,” Inibehe said.


“If you call off the strike based on what’s stated here, it means the minimum wage can be N60,050. The labour unions should be serious for once,” he added.