Minimum Wage Talks Resume as Labour Agrees to Attend Tuesday Meeting


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The Organised Labour has agreed to attend the “negotiation” meeting of the Tripartite Committee on the Minimum Wage slated for Tuesday.

The Vice President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Etim Okon, confirmed this in an interview on Monday in Abuja.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the TUC had walked out of the negotiation meeting as the Federal Government proposed N48,000 as a new minimum wage for workers in the country.

“The proposal falls significantly short of meeting our needs and aspirations,” the unions said.

Labour also accused the government of failure to provide any substantiated data to support their offer exacerbates the situation and lack of transparency and good faith undermines the credibility of the negotiation process.

“The Federal Government has apologised and the next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and we are going to appear and present our demand.

“We will still be presenting the N615,000. It is what we presented before we walked out, though our submission was not rejected by the government.

“We only rejected the N48,000 that the government presented. Because they did not show us how they arrived at that amount.

“That is taking cognisance of transportation, housing, food, utilities, health, and education among others which are basic needs of the people.

“So the government should come out clearly with what they are offering with the indices and variables and also how they arrived at that. This is all that we are saying,” he said.

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