Minimum Wage Struggle Toughens As Labour Rejects FG’s N48,000 Offer

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The organized labour on Wednesday walked out of the minimum wage committee meeting, following a provoking position of the Federal Government over the later’s offer of N48,000 new wage, against a N615,000 living wage submission of the organised labour.

Recall that the organized labour had made a demand of N615,000 as the new minimum wage and had given the government up till May 31 to conclude negotiations on new living wage.

The Tripartite Committee on New National Minimum Wage resumed negotiations on Wednesday.

It was reported that representatives of the organized labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), were enraged over the government’s offer, provoking them to walk out of the meeting.

Professor Theophilus Ndubuaku, who is one of the representatives of the NLC told Vanguard that, “we asked whether the N45,000 is for transport, food, clothing, housing or for what.

“So we just told them that since they are not serious, we better just leave, so we stormed out of the place.”

He said that the government offer was presented to them by the Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Office.