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BREAKING: FG Ready to Revisit N48,000 Minimum Wage Proposal as Labour Demands More

NLC, TUC Gives Govs Ultimatum on N35k Minimum Wage

The Federal Government has indicated its willingness to revisit the minimum wage offer, potentially increasing it from the initial proposal of N48,000.

Recall that the development comes after the organised labour unions, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), boycotted a meeting of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (NMW) on Wednesday.

Both NLC and TUC were dissatisfied with the government’s proposal, deeming it an insult to Nigerian workers’ sensibilities and inadequate to meet their needs.

The Labour Unions had walked out of the meeting, citing the government’s lack of seriousness and transparency in the negotiation process.

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The Tripartite Committee on NMW, led by Secretary Ekpo Nta, attempted to reconvene the meeting the following day, but the labour negotiating team refused to attend, insisting that the government must present a more meaningful offer.

Dr Tommy Okon, Deputy President of TUC, stressed that Labour would not return to the negotiating table until the government demonstrated a willingness to engage in constructive dialogue and present a revised offer that meets the workers’ demands.

In response, the government, through Tripartite Committee Chairman Bukar Aji, appealed to labour to resume talks, proposing a new meeting date of May 21.

The government promised to reconsider its position and conclude negotiations expeditiously, ahead of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stay tuned for more details…

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Written by Tapre Timine

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