Labour demands higher minimum wage, submits fresh request

Labour demands higher minimum wage, submits fresh request

- The N56,000 national minimum wage for workers is no longer feasible, according to the NLC

- The union's general secretary said a fresh demand for a higher wage was submitted at the last meeting of the tripartite committee on March 27, 2018

- He says the current economic table and data of the nation were taken into consideration when drafting the new demand

The organised labour has stated that N56,000 as national minimum wage for workers in the country was no longer feasible due to the present economic realities in Nigeria.

The general secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Peter Ozo-Eson, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, April 9.

Recall that Organised Labour had two years ago demanded for N56,000 as the national minimum wage for workers in the country.

Ozo-Eson said that a fresh demand for the higher wage was submitted at the last meeting of the tripartite committee on March 27.

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He said: "We have taken a position when we made the initial demand on the government which is almost two years back. But then when we got to the tripartite committee and the committee called on all stakeholders to submit memorandum.

“In responding to the request for a memorandum, we then use current economic indices to make a fresh demand. So, what we place and what we demand is an outcome of analysis we carried out. We did the analysis using the current economic table and data of the nation and of cause that came to something different.

“We are going to maintain what is in the memorandum that we have submitted to the tripartite committee and it is not something or a figure we will be discussing in public."

He also said that the fresh demand was a joint memorandum by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The NLC general secretary noted that the group formerly submitted the demand at the last meeting of the tripartite committee.

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“We have also formerly made the presentation to the committee and we have defended it. We have also taken into account changes between the first demand and the current position," Ozo-Eson added.

Meanwhile, 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.

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

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Source: Legit.ng

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