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Minimum Wage Labour demands review from N18,000 to N50,000

The new minimum wage would be formally presented to the Federal Government this week for the review of the existing minimum wage.

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In view of the current economic hardship, organised labour may be demanding a for N50, 000 as the new minimum wage, Daily Sun reports.

Report said the figure will be formally presented to the Federal Government this week for the review of the existing minimum wage, which formally expired on March 24, 2016.

Pulse recalls that the current minimum wage of N18,000 was set five years ago following intense deliberations from all the stakeholders, including government, employers and labour.

According to the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bobboi Bala Kaigama, the Nigerian Labour Congress and all other labour affiliates have finalized all arrangements and harmonised all contributions.

He ahead of labour's joint presentation, the leadership of the TUC and the NLC will meet on Wednesday, April 6, for the alignment.

“We are ready to submit our proposal to the Federal Government to commence discussion on the new minimum wage. We have been on it for sometimes now, as we have to do our home work properly before presentation to the employers and the government,” he said.

The labour leader said labour will go ahead with its demands regardless of of the present challenges in the economy and the resistance by the Governors’ Forum.

“Our advise to the governors is anyone who cannot pay the minimum wage should resign honourably. When the states were being created, it was on the premise that they would be self sustainable and not to be going to Abuja cap in hands as we have now. It is high time the governors looked inward. Lagos State did it, even Edo and Ogun States, so what stops others?,” Kaigama said.

The TUC president lamented the the incessant fuel crisis, escalated prices of commodity, inflation and high cost of living, saying workers are at the receiving end.

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However, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the congress’ highest bodies, the Central Working Committee (CWC), the National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Administrative Council (NAC) are meeting from today, April 5 to Thursday, April 7, to harmonise and ratify the congress’ presentation before submission to the Federal Government.

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