New minimum wage: Final decision expected as Buhari receives committee report


Buhari and NLC
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received meeting proceedings of the National Minimum Wage Negotiation Tripartite Committee..

Ms Amal Pepple is the Chairman of the committee which has government and the organised labour officials as members.
It was gathered that the document contained proceedings of all the meetings the Committee had, including the resolution to have N30,000 as new minimum wage.
With the development, the nation is expected to know the official position of the President in the coming days.
Meanwhile, labour leaders have announced that an indefinite nationwide strike will commence November 6 if the federal government fails to meet their demands.
This was contained in a statement on Sunday by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and that of the United Labour Congress (ULC).
The unions are unhappy at government’s claim that no amount was agreed with the labour leaders at a meeting of a tripartite committee and also the FG’s stance that it could only increase the minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N24,000.
According to them, N30,000 was agreed during negotiation and that any amount below the figure would not be accepted.
It read in part: “We the organized labour in Nigeria having not seen any sign that this government is willing to demonstrate honour and integrity in relating with Nigerian workers and masses have resolved to as follows:
“Organise a A day of National Outrage and mourning which will be used to sensitize Nigerians on our plight and on the issues at stake. This shall take place in all states of the federation including Abuja on Tuesday, the 30th day of October, 2018
“A meeting of various organs of the Unions will hold as appropriate
“On Friday, the 2nd day of November, 2018, a Joint Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of all the Labour Centres in Nigeria shall hold to receive reports and make final preparations for our ultimate engagement with the federal government on this matter. This is the first time in the history of this nation in recent times that such meeting will take place and this goes a long way to show the seriousness with which Nigerian workers and its leadership hold this matter
“If nothing is responsibly done by the federal government to meet our demands, on Monday, the 6th day of November, we shall embark on a nation-wide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and the suffering that is decimating our people on daily basis.”

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