Labour union rejects N18,000 minimum wage

Labour union rejects N18,000 minimum wage

- Labour union, AUPCTRE, fault the slow pace of work on the issue of minimum wage

- The group calls on workers to resist claim by the political class that there was insufficient resources to pay minimum wage

- Nigerian workers are assured by Chris Ngige that the new minimum wage is certain

Some workers in the country have said they will no longer accept N18,000 as minimum wage when a senator collects N13.5m monthly as a running cost.

Leadership reports that the workers under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) also faulted the slow pace of work on the issue of minimum wage.

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We observed with great discontentment, the slow pace of work on the new national minimum wage, noting that the current minimum wage law came into effect in 2011 and it was designed for review in every five years. By implication, another minimum wage ought to have been signed into law since 2016. That is to say that, the Nigerian workers have been denied the fruit of their labour for the past two years," the national president of AUPCTRE, Comrade Benjamin Anthony said at the sixth quadrennial state delegates conference of the union.

“As we patiently await the pronouncement of the new minimum wage at the third quarter of the year as announced by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige during the just concluded 40th anniversary of the Nigeria Labour Congress. I implored Nigerian workers to be at. Alert as the road to the minimum wage may not come easy."

The union called on workers to resist the claim by the political class that there was insufficient resources to pay minimum wage.

The AUPCTRE national president said: “Someone sitting somewhere (Senator) cannot be collecting N13.5 million incentives in a month, and you pay a miserable N18,000 to a worker in a month. It is unacceptable, it is not possible and it is not going to work.”

“On the strength of the above, permit me to state with every seriousness that the primary objective of our union is to defend the economic interest of our members through diligent negotiations, dialogue, collective bargaining, trade dispute, protest, rallies and strikes."

Meanwhile, the minister for labour and productivity, Chris Ngige, on Monday, March 5, assured Nigerian workers that implementation of a new minimum wage in the country would be done.

He said the committee set up for that purpose by the federal government had already started work.

Ngige gave the assurance while speaking with journalists shortly after witnessing the swearing in of newly-elected chairmen of the 18 local government councils in Edo at the Government House, Benin. Council elections were conducted in the state on Saturday, and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the positions.

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