- Submit proposal to FG
- Say workers can’t sleep on their rights
A proposal of N56,000 minimum wage to replace the current N18,000 has been sent to the federal government by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress,TUC.
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, who revealed this at a news conference yesterday in Abuja, said both the NLC and the TUC formally submitted the proposal to the federal government on Tuesday.
“I can say now authoritatively that as of yesterday (Tuesday) we made a formal proposal to the federal government of N56,000 to be the new minimum wage. The demand has been submitted officially to government and we hope that the tripartite system to look at the review will actually be set up to look at it.
“Our argument is that, yes, it is true that the economy is not doing well, but the law stated that wages for workers must be reviewed after every five years. So, the issue must be looked into by the Federal Government and workers should not be seen as sleeping on their rights,” the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, quoted the NLC president as saying at the forum.
Wabba also said that the last review of the national minimum wage was done in 2011 maintaining that the setting up of a tripartite committee to review the newly proposed national minimum wage was long overdue. He said it was imperative that government should set up the tripartite committee for the review of the new minimum wage.