Labour Rejects N48,000 Minimum Wage Proposed by Tinubu’s Government

The ongoing dispute between Nigeria’s Federal Government and organized labour over the proposed minimum wage highlights the significant gap between what the government offers and what the unions demand. The government’s proposal of N48,000 has been deemed insufficient and insulting by labour leaders, who argue that it doesn’t meet the basic needs of workers given the current economic conditions....CONTINUE READING THE ARTICLE FROM THE SOURCE

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, and the Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Tommy Okon, expressed their discontent, emphasizing that the proposed amount effectively reduces the value of wages rather than improving them. This response comes in the context of labour unions advocating for a much higher minimum wage of N615,000, which they argue is necessary to cope with the high cost of living.

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The rejection and subsequent walkout from the tripartite committee meeting by the union leaders underline the significant dissatisfaction with the government’s approach. They accuse President Bola Tinubu’s administration of not being committed to addressing the economic realities faced by workers, thus failing to ensure a living wage that can provide for basic needs.

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This conflict is part of a broader struggle to balance fair compensation with economic constraints, reflecting ongoing tensions in labour relations within Nigeria. The outcome of this dispute will likely have considerable implications for both public sector workers and the broader economic policy of the government.