Labour rejects governors’ offer of N22,500 minimum wage

NLC-TUC-ULC nationwide rally

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday rejected N22,500 adopted by governors as the minimum wage their states can pay.

Governors of the 36 states met on Tuesday and adopted the N22,500.

This is despite the NLC and other labour unions insisting they had agreed with the government to accept N30,000 minimum wage after extensive deliberations.

The position of the state governors appears to have angered the NLC, whose president, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday told journalists that workers would now demand N66,500 minimum wage.

“The demand by the organised labour is not N30,000; our demand is N66,500,” Wabba said at the conference.

The NLC and other labour unions had earlier threatened to begin strike by Nove. 6, if the government does not accept the N30,000 minimum wage.

“We wish to reiterate our position adopted at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Oct. 23, that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted by us.

“We call on our members to continue to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the Nov. 6, if by then, necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee,” he said.

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