Again, FG Fails To Agree With NLC On New Minimum Wage

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero on Thursday said no new figure was proposed by the federal government as minimum wage.

Ajaero revealed this while speaking with Journalists after a tripartite committee meeting to discuss a new minimum wage from the N60,000 earlier rejected by organised labour.

THE WHISTLER had reported that the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun had earlier in the day submitted the projected cost implications of implementing a new national minimum wage to President Bola Tinubu.

Edun’s proposal was a backdrop of an earlier directive by President Bola Tinubu to come up with a realistic minimum wage offer in order to beat the one week window issued by the organised labour.

Speaking to journalists on the minister’s proposal to the president, Ajaero said, “No figure yet, they didn’t present it to the committee of the whole house, but to the committee of the house.”

When further asked if a new minimum wage should be expected on Friday, Ajaero said, “That is a wish for all of us, and it’s our prayers”.

Further clarifying the N105,000 alleged proposal by the federal government, Ajaero said, “It is not before the trade union, such information is not before us, whether officially or unofficially.

“We are still at our position before now and the government is still in their position before now, until it is made public and discussed, we can’t say the governments has a position.”

However the minister of Labour and Employment while addressing journalists noted that negotiation is still ongoing.

She said, “You will get the update when it is finalised, we are still on the talks and we will tell you when we conclude.”

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