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Capital NO, Says NLC, TUC as FG Raises Minimum Wage to N54,000

The federal government on Tuesday proposed N54,000 as a new minimum wage representing an increase of N6,000 from the N48,000 earlier proposed.

This was proposed at resumed negotiation meeting between the federal government, organised labour and other tripartite committee members in Abuja on the new minimum wage

DIPLOMATIC DIARY earlier reported that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had pulled out of the Tripartite committee over the N48,000 minimum wage proposed against the N615,000 demand earlier submitted.

In what was described as an “insult” to the Nigerian workers, the labour unions said that “Even the least paid workers in the private sector receive N78,000 as clearly stated by the OPS”.

In a chat with newsmen after the meeting, a top source in the negotiation committee said the organized labour will not accept the proposal as it does not reflect the sufferings of Nigerians.

“We were told not to speak to the media, because of conflicting reports on minimum wage, however, they proposed N54,000, and we cannot accept that offer”, the source said.

When asked if responses emanated after the new proposal was made, the source replied, “There was no response from the Labour side, because some of the critical stakeholders were not able to attend the meeting, so it has been adjourned to 4 pm tomorrow”.

The source noted that Labour positions is not likely to change any time soon.

DIPLOMATIC DIARY

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