Nigeria Economy Will Not Make N56,000 Minimum Wage Visible, We Demand Increment – Labour Tells FG
The collaboration of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) has claimed that proposed N56, 000 national minimum wage for workers in the country was no longer acceptable due to the price hike of commodities in Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Aril 9, the general secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Peter Ozo-Eson disclosed that a fresh demand for the higher wage was submitted at the last meeting of the tripartite committee on March 27.
He said: “We have taken a position when we made the initial demand on the government which is almost two years back.
“But then when we got to the tripartite committee and the committee called on all stakeholders to submit memorandum.
He says the current economic table and data of the nation were taken into consideration when drafting the new demand
“In responding to the request for a memorandum, we then use current economic indices to make a fresh demand. So, what we place and what we demand is an outcome of analysis we carried out.
“We did the analysis using the current economic table and data of the nation and of cause that came to something different.
“We are going to maintain what is in the memorandum that we have submitted to the tripartite committee and it is not something or a figure we will be discussing in public.”
Mr. Peter also revealed that the fresh demand was a joint memorandum by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The NLC general secretary noted that the forum had earlier submitted the demand at the last meeting of the tripartite committee.
“We have also formerly made the presentation to the committee and we have defended it. We have also taken into account changes between the first demand and the current position, Ozo-Eson said.
NIGERIA NEWS, in a previous report had submitted that federal government says new minimum wage will match present economic realities.