NLC Issues Ultimatum to Tinubu’s Govt, Demands N494,000 As Minimum Wage

NLC Issues Ultimatum to Tinubu’s Govt, Demands N494,000 As Minimum Wage

  • Negotiations for the new minimum wage continue as organised labour has rejected the federal government's N60,000 offer, and insisted all negotiations end by Friday, May 31
  • The President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, confirmed the development to journalists on Wednesday, May 29
  • The President of the TUC, Comrade Festus Osifo, also insisted that its demand of N494,000 stands and labour is hopeful the FG would present a better offer during the Friday meeting journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Following a breakdown of talks, Organised labour has announced that its next and final meeting with the federal government to resume and conclude negotiations on the new minimum wage is on Friday, May 31.

NLC, TUC issues fresh ultimatum, demands
Organised labour stands its ground on N494,000 as the new minimum wage. Threatens to take action if Tinubu did not present reasonable offer by Friday. Photo credit: Dada Olusegun
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The president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, May 29, following a letter by the chairman of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage inviting Labour to the table.

As reported by The Nigerian Tribune, the committee's secretary, Ekpo Nta, signed a copy of the letter on Wednesday.

From the letter, Ajaero confirmed that organised labour, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (NLC) will honour the invitation but warned that the discussion will not be a “monologue.”

He said:

“Yes, we will attend but you know our ultimatum expires on Friday. If they present a better offer on Friday we will accept it.
“But we will not attend the meeting for the sake of talks. We will not go into a monologue.”

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Minimum wage: NLC, TUC says ultimatum will expire on Friday

Recall that on Tuesday, talks between the federal government and organised labour broke down after the government and Organised Private Sector (OPS) raised their offers to N60,000.

Labour described the proposal as “insulting” but lowered its demand from the N497,000 to N494,000.

To fast-track the negotiation process, the NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on May Day gave the committee till the end of the month to wrap up talks on a new national minimum wage. That ultimatum will expire on Friday night, May 31.

President of the TUC, Comrade Festus Osifo said the ultimatum issued by labour remained following the breakdown of talks on Tuesday.

“We are sticking to that ultimatum,” the President of the TUC, Osifo said.

Presidency says labour’s N497,000 demand unrealistic on Monday, May 27, reported that the federal government expressed unreadiness to approve the N497,000 minimum wage demanded by organised labour, describing it as unrealistic.

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