Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Shares Update on N250k Demand, Speaks on Next Action

Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Shares Update on N250k Demand, Speaks on Next Action

  • Organised labour has insisted that there is no going back on its demand for N250,000 minimum wage for workers in the country
  • Festus Osifo, the TUC president, made this known at an event in Abuja on Tuesday, July 9, while giving an update on the new minimum wage negotiation
  • Osifo said the new minimum wage was never abandoned, adding that the unions only gave President Bola Tinubu the room to explore consultations as requested

FCT, Abuja - The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has clarified that the union has not backed down on its demand of N250,000 as minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

TUC president, Festus Osifo, said this while speaking at the annual convention of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Women Commission in Abuja on Tuesday, July 9.

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Festus Osifo, TUC president, reiterates organised labour's minimum wage demand from President Bola Tinubu
Organised labour in Nigeria insists on N250,000 as minimum wage Photo Credit: @kc_journalist, @officialABAT
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According to The Punch, Osifo revealed that organised labour, which includes TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), is negotiating with the federal government to reach a reasonable conclusion on the new minimum wage.

The new minimum wage discussion was suspended pending President Bola Tinubu's engagement with stakeholders before making a final submission to the National Assembly.

Recall that the federal government and organized private sector (OPS) pegged the new minimum wage at N62,000. However, the labour rejected the proposal and insisted on N250,000.

We never abandon minimum wage negotiation - TUC

Osifo assured that negotiations on the new minimum wage have not been abandoned, but rather, labour and the government are fine-tuning the matter.

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According to him, the president intends to conduct further consultations before submitting the bill to the National Assembly, while labour is engaging in outreach and conversations with various stakeholders.

His statement reads in part:

"What will be submitted to the National Assembly will actually be a minimum wage that will cater for the poorest of the poor... We still insist on the N250,000 benchmark as the ideal minimum wage.”

Minimum wage: What governors can pay earlier reported that the minimum wage drama between the governors and organised labour concerning the N60,000 proposed by the federal government has continued to elicit reactions.

Weighing into the issue, Okanlawon Gaffar, a lawyer, told that a uniform minimum wage is unhealthy for state governments.

The legal practitioner said each state should be able to determine its minimum wage based on its capacity and internal revenue.

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