NLC Hints at N1m Minimum Wage

FG Begs NLC To Suspend Nationwide Strike

The National Labour Congress (NLC) has opined that minimum wage demands could rise to N1 million per month.

According to the organized labour, if the current economic woes persist, workers in the country may demand for astronomical numbers.

NLC President Joe Ajaero said this while appearing on an interview on Arise TV on Sunday.

Ajaero cited worsening inflation and currency depreciation as key drivers for the prediction.

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He said: “This N1 million may be relevant if the value of the Naira continues to depreciate; if the inflation continues to depreciate. The demand of Labour is equally dependent on what is happening in the society.

“You will remember that by the time we were contemplating N200,000, the exchange rate was about N900. As we talk today, the exchange rate is about N1,400 or even more.

“Those are the issues that determine the demand and it is equally affecting the cost of living and we have always said it that our demand will be based on the cost of living index.

“You’ll agree with me that a bag of rice is about N60,000 to N70,000. Foodstuff is getting out of reach. Now, are we going to get a minimum wage that will not be enough for transportation even for one week?

“We have to factor in all these issues. And that will determine the federal government commitment to these negotiations.

“Only one month of the N35,000 naira was paid to civil servants. Also, there is no evidence of payment of any N25,000 paid as palliative to workers. That’s what led to what’s happening in the humanitarian ministry.

“No farmer has come to say that he received fertilizers from the government. I don’t know whether the fertilizers are for sale, or for cultivation,” he added.

Ajaero’s comments is coming amid looming nationwide strike threats by the organised labour.

The NLC and other sister bodies including the Trade Union Congress (TUC), is set to meet with the federal government today to discuss resolutions following a 14-day strike warning.

The current minimum wage in the country stands at N30,000, with an additional N35,000 temporary award for federal workers implemented in October 2023 meant to last just six months.

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