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We didn’t agree on N62k, our stand is N250k- Labour to Tinubu

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We didn't agree on N62k, our stand is N250k- Labour to Tinubu

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said at no time was agreement reached that Nigerian workers would accept N62,000 suggested by government’s representative in the sitting of the minimum wage committee.

 

Labour said it was either the President was misled by his advisers or misinformed. Labour said its demand remained a living wage of N250,000 for Nigerian workers.

 

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, Acting President of NLC made this known on Wednesday, June 12, while reacting to President Tinubu’s Democracy Day speech.

 

Adeyanju said while Nigerian workers were expecting a fitting democracy day gift from Tinubu on the minimum wage, the President said he would forward to the National Assembly what the Tripartite Committee on Nationa Minimum Wage agreed with labour.

 

“The NLC would have expected that the advisers of the president would have told him that we neither reached any agreement with the federal government and the employers on the base figure for a National Minimum Wage nor on its other components,” Labour said.

 

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Adewanju said labour’s demand for Nigerian workers ” remained N250,000 and we have not been given any compelling reasons to change this position which we consider a great concession by Nigerian workers during the tripartite negotiation process.

“Once again, we reiterate that it will be extremely difficult for Nigerian workers to accept any national minimum wage figure that approximates to a starvation wage. We cannot be working and remain in abject poverty. President Tinubu promised living wage to Nigerian workers.”

 

Adewanju also countered Tinubu statement that NLC and TUC leaders were not harassed, or arrested during the minimum wage sittings. He said labour leaders have been harassed and threatened by government officials. He added that men of Nigeria Army were also used to harass labour leaders during one of the committee’s sittings.

 

The acting Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president asked Tinubu to fulfill the promise he made to Nigeria workers of living wage. “This is an opportunity to show that he listens to Nigerians as he promised,” he said.