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Labour meets Tinubu today, pushes for N250,000 minimum wage

The Nigerian Employees Congress has indicated that it’ll push for a minimal wage of N250,000 throughout a scheduled assembly with President Bola Tinubu on the State Home in Abuja on Thursday (right this moment).

NLC Head of Public Affairs, Benson Upah, stated Labour would press the President for its N250,000 proposal throughout the session.

“We’re taking our demand of N250,000 to the desk whilst the price of residing has gone up. We have now been very cheap and patriotic,” Upah informed our correspondent.

Union leaders have been invited to fulfill the President in assist of Tinubu’s pledge to have interaction in larger stakeholder session on the minimal wage.

The proposed assembly comes a few month after the President stated in his speech on Democracy Day on June 12, 2024 {that a} invoice on the brand new nationwide minimal wage would quickly be despatched to the Nationwide Meeting for approval.

On June 25, the Federal Govt Council, chaired by the President, suspended deliberations on the brand new minimal wage memorandum to permit for larger stakeholder involvement forward of the deliberate implementation regulation.

The President took the choice after receiving the report of the Tripartite Committee on Minimal Wage from the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, George Akume.

The report, which Akume acquired from the Tripartite Committee Chairman, Bukar Goni Aji, beneficial a minimal wage of N62,000 primarily based on submissions from the federal authorities, state governments and the organised non-public sector.

On the finish of the consultations, Labour beneficial paying N250,000 however state governors stated they might not have the ability to pay N62,000.

The unions stated the present minimal wage of N30,000 is now not lifelike, citing the present meals inflation attributable to the simultaneous insurance policies of eradicating petrol subsidy and levelling the international alternate market.

Two days after the FEC assembly, Tinubu and Vice President Kassim Shettima met with governors and ministers on the 141st assembly of the Nationwide Financial Council to debate the brand new minimal wage for employees.

Nevertheless, the end result of their assembly was not made public.

Negotiations on the minimal wage have been dragging on for a while as unions, authorities representatives and the non-public sector have failed to achieve a consensus.

In anger, the unions declared an indefinite strike on June 3, paralyzing financial and authorities actions throughout the nation.

The unionists closed airports, hospitals, banks, the electrical energy grid, the Nationwide Meeting and state meeting buildings.

Nevertheless, the strike was suspended after union leaders held a gathering with senior authorities officers, who assured them that the federal government was prepared to extend its supply.

President Bola Tinubu in January arrange a tripartite committee to barter a brand new minimal wage for employees, forward of the expiration of the 2019 Minimal Wage Act in April 2024.

The committee consists of the commerce unions, representatives of the federal and state governments and the OPS.

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