NLC hopes for new Minimum wage under Tinubu before March

The National President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, has said that the negotiation of a new minimum wage between the President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government and the organised labour will be finalised before March this year.

On October 1, President Bola Tinubu approved N35,000 as the provisional wage increment for all treasury-paid workers for six months as part of an agreement reached with the labour unions to avoid a nationwide strike due to the removal of the petrol subsidy.

Ajaero told newsmen on Thursday that “The Federal Government had through a letter asked the organised labour to release our names to the new minimum wage committee to be constituted.

“Since last year, the list was submitted to the government and it is only when the committee is constituted that we now go into negotiation with the government as a union to agree on it.

The existing minimum wage will be expiring by March this year, so it is hoped we may conclude the negotiation for a new minimum wage before March.”

On the wage award announced by the Nigerian government for Nigerian workers, Ajaero said that only one month was paid and assured that “All should be released to the workers by the end of this year January.”

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has also asked the federal government to implement all agreements reached with organised labour in 2023, especially the national minimum wage.

Festus Osifo, TUC president, said the union had strived to ensure that social dialogue with the federal government prevailed.

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