Labour rejects Nigerian govt’s fresh N60,000 minimum wage offer

The N60,000 proposed by the federal government as new minimum wage has been rejected by Organised Labour.


According to Channels Television, Organised Labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, rejected the offer of the Federal Government to pay N60,000 as new minimum wage,.


It was also gathered that labour had shifted grounds from its N497,000 proposal to N494,000.


Channels Television said a prominent member of the Tripartite Committee for the negotiation of a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers revealed that the Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector side of the talks proposed a N60,000 monthly minimum wage as against the N57,000 they tabled last week when the committee resumed negotiations.


Recall that the government had initially proposed N48,000 and N54,000, which were also rejected by Organised Labour.


However, Labour had also presented N615,000 as the new minimum wage but saw reasons to drop their demand from to N497,000 last week and then to N494,000 on Tuesday.


The Tripartite Committee is yet to agree on a new minimum wage with three days to the May 31 deadline the labour unions gave to the government.

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