The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has declared it is rejecting the N27,000 as the minimum wage approved by the National Council of State on Tuesday, January 22, even though the federal government agreed on N30,000.
The rejection came in a statement to Legit.ng hours after the National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari approved the amount while the federal government said it would augment the one of its workers with N3,000 and that states could decide what to top theirs with.
“TUC rejects, outrightly the new national minimum wage of N27, 000 as recommended by the National Council of State, the fact that the federal government agrees to pay N30, 000 notwithstanding.
“The council of state decision though advisory in nature is weighty and may give semblance of authority to the decision.
"This decision must not be allowed to stand because it will set a wrong precedence for the future: ie, after statutory bodies have done their jobs, council of state will now sit to review it.
“Let it be known that N30,000 minimum wage is a product of negotiation, not legislation, not advise and not a decree.
“Minimum wage issue therefore, is moving to a new theatre, the National Assembly. We expect the representative of the people if really they are to do the needful during the public hearing,” the statement personally signed by Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, its president, and Barrister Musa-Lawal OZIGI, its secretary general, said.
Also, the head of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, said in his own statement that the decision reached on the minimum wage by the council of state was shocking to him and his members.
According to him, the council of state does not have the power to approve or confirm minimum wage for the country.
“ULC rising from its just-concluded Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting today in Lagos rejects in its entirety the proposed N27,000 which is contrary to the N30,000 agreed by the national minimum wage tripartite committee and which has since been submitted to the President.
“We want to state that workers are workers everywhere whether at the federal level or at the state level.
“They all have the same challenges; go to the same market, same schools and much more they suffer the same fate. You cannot, therefore, pay them differently.
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“We will however in the next few days in consultation with other labour centres if they are still in the struggle for a just national minimum wage take steps to ensure that the interests of Nigerian workers as it concerns the national minimum wage are protected.
“The only honourable path he should tread is to transmit the N30,000 figure as agreed by the Tripartite Committee and even the President on the day of submission of the committee’s report,” Ajaero said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) rejected the N27,000 new national minimum wage adopted by the National Council of States (NCS) on Tuesday, January 22.
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