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Breaking: FG set to announce new minimum wage – NLC president

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Nigeria government is set to announce the new minimum wage as the tripartite committee completes its assignment for onward submission to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ayuba Wabba, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) president, made this known while speaking with newsmen on Monday, October 8, in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

According to him, the committee reconvened and deliberated on a new minimum wage figure that was acceptable to all employers of labour in the country.

“I want to assure workers that all has been concluded and will be passed for signing within the week.

“I also want to appreciate the Organised Private Sector, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) for their resolve to pay the new minimum wage when it is signed into law,” he said.

The NLC president, however, refused to disclose the figure arrived at by the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage.

Wabba said the presidency would make it public after deliberation by the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

NAN reports that the organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC), on Sunday, September 30, suspended its warning strike on a new minimum wage embarked upon on Wednesday, September 26.

The organised labour had embarked on the strike after a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government for failing to reconvene meeting to come out with its own figure on the new minimum wage.

The three unions had demanded N65,500 as new minimum wage for workers, while the private employers and some state governors were proposing N25,000.

Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that the federal government had said that it will soon address the agitation for the upward review of the national minimum wage in a manner that will make workers and all Nigerians smile.

The disclosure was made by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, on Sunday, October 7, at the 22nd choir anniversary of the Christ Apostolic Church, Living Water DCC Headquarters, Abuja.

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NLC CONDERMNS FG OVER N23,000 BAG OF RICE AND N18,000 MINIMUM WAGE

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The Anambra State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday lambasted the Federal Government, describing Nigeria’s ‘economic doom’ as ‘laughable’.

NLC through its State chairman Jerry Nnubia said it was laughable that salary paid when a bag of rice was sold for N9, 000 is the same salary being paid now that the price a bag of rice has risen to N23, 000.

“A bag of rice today is N23, 000 or more and their minimum wage is N18, 000. This is laughable,” he said.

Speaking at a rally in solidarity with Nasarawa workers who were allegedly brutalised by the police while protesting the reduction of their wages by the state government on July 29, Jerry maintained that any governor who could not pay salaries should resign.

He said: “Why should workers be victims of every economic doom? When we have economic boom nobody remembers workers.

“Our position is that any governor that can’t pay workers’ salaries should resign. Why haven’t the governors sliced their wages and those of their aides?

“We are here today to show solidarity with our members in Nasarawa state who were killed and injured by overzealous policemen at the gate of government house, Nasarawa for opposing a slice in their salary by the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.”