Minimum Wage: Labour Rules Out Strike On Tuesday

NLC President Joe Ajaero disclosed this on Monday during the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

By Karo Oghenetega

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it will not proceed with the planned strike action for tomorrow, Tuesday, to demand a new national minimum wage.

NLC President Joe Ajaero disclosed this on Monday during the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to the Guardian, Ajaero stated that organised labour cannot initiate a strike tomorrow because the figures presented by the Tripartite committee on minimum wage are currently with President Bola Tinubu.

He clarified that the submission of N62,000 proposed by the government and the organized employers’ body, with labour proposing N250,000, does not imply that labour has accepted N62,000 as the new minimum wage.

He said: “The tripartite committee submitted two figures to the President. Government and employers proposed N62,000 while labour
proposed N250,00o. We are waiting for the decision of the President. Our National Executive Council (NEC) will deliberate on the
new figure when it is out.

“We cannot declare strike now because the figures are with the President. We will wait for the President’s decision.

“During the tenure of the immediate past President, the figure that was proposed to him was N27,000 by the tripartite committee but he
increased it to N30,000. We are hopeful that this President will do the right thing. The President had noted that the difference between N62,000 and N250,000 is a wide gulf.”

The NLC president also berated state governors under the umbrella body of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum for rejecting the
N62,000 minimum wage proposal.

He said, “How can any governor say he cannot pay? They cannot also be calling for the decentralization of the minimum wage.

“Are there wages decentralized? Governors whose states are not contributing a dime to the national purse and who generate pitiable Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) are collecting the same amount as governors whose states are generating billions of dollars into the FAAC.

“They should decentralize their salaries and emoluments first.

“So, where is the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki getting his money from? He is paying N70,000 minimum wage. This is the type of governor that should be emulated and not the lazy ones.”


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