NLC demands new minimum wage, insists that N200,000 is too small

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The Nigerian Labour Congress stated that the N200,000 minimum wage it earlier proposed to the Federal Government was no longer realistic, considering the country’s current economic situation. They reportedly proposed a new living wage of  300 dollars for Nigerian workers.
The Congress, which spoke through its National Vice President, Tommy Etim, was reacting to Tuesday’s inauguration of the Minimum Wage Committee by Vice President Kashim Shettima.
In an exclusive interview with a Punch reporter, Etim emphasized that the Congress would base its national minimum wage negotiation on the current economic reality rather than what it earlier proposed.
He said, “You are aware that when we opted for the N200,000, the socio-economic challenges were not as biting as they are now. And when you now look at the exchange rate, it is not what it is now. The naira rate has not been devalued as it is now. So, N200,000 is no longer tenable.”
“We are not going there with a fixed amount, but definitely not N200,000. By the time we get there, we will decide based on the socio-economic situation. That’s what we are going to base our national minimum wage discussion and negotiation on.”
The Federal Government had earlier charged the 37-man wage committee to hasten its deliberations and submit its recommendations promptly while directing the Ministry of Finance to ensure its adequate funding and calling for collective bargaining in good faith, emphasizing contract adherence even as he urged committee members to consult outside their ranks.

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