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Labour kicks, asks Tinubu not to submit any minimum wage figure to national assembly without consulting them

Organised labour comprising Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Commerce Union Congress (TUC) has known as on the President, Bola Tinubu, to not current any determine relating to the minimal wage invoice to the Nationwide Meeting with out consulting them and members of the Organised Personal Sector.

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Joe Ajaero, President NLC, and his counterpart from TUC Festus Osifo, disclosed this to journalists on Thursday on the sideline of the continuing Worldwide Labour Convention on the Palais du Nation in Geneva, Switzerland.

There have been a sequence of negotiation conferences for a brand new nationwide minimal wage after the final, which took impact on April 17, 2019, expired on April 18, 2024, after finishing its five-year span.

On Friday, June 7, 2024, the 2 sides (labour and the federal government) disagreed. Whereas labour dropped once more its demand from ₦494,000 to ₦250,000, the federal government added ₦2,000 to its preliminary ₦60,000 and supplied employees ₦62,000.

Each side submitted their experiences to the President who is anticipated to decide and ship an government invoice to the Nationwide Meeting to cross a brand new minimal wage invoice to be signed into legislation by the President.

Whereas rallying Nigerians to help his administration’s efforts to strengthen the financial system throughout his Democracy Day speech, the President knowledgeable residents {that a} invoice for a brand new minimal wage can be despatched to the Nationwide Meeting quickly, amongst different issues.

Talking on the joint briefing, Ajaero defined that it was crucial for employees to demand fee of minimal wage arrears regardless of when a brand new nationwide minimal wage legislation is handed by the Nationwide Meeting.

The labour chief acknowledged that labour expects the President to ask tripartite our bodies to a gathering the place the flexibility to pay might be mentioned earlier than arriving at a last determine.

He stated, “We don’t count on the President to current a last determine to the Nationwide Meeting with out consulting with organised labour, employers, and state governors. Everybody will nonetheless come collectively to debate earlier than transmission to the Nationwide Meeting.”

Corroborating what Ajaero stated, the TUC President added that even after transmission to the Nationwide Meeting, labour will proceed to foyer and push for extra in its bid to safe the very best determine for Nigerian employees.

When requested concerning the actual determine inserted within the report submitted to the President, the leaders of the 2 labour centres denied data of its full content material, insisting that they didn’t append their signature to any report.

“Furthermore, we have now not seen the content material of what has been submitted to the President. We are going to insist on seeing the content material and appending our signatures to each web page. We won’t append our signatures to any web page we aren’t snug with.

“As representatives right here, we can’t specify the precise quantity till we seek the advice of, evaluation the gives, and decide what’s honest for Nigerian employees,” Ajaero advised journalists.

On his half, Osifo stated the rationale minimal wage arrears can be demanded was due to rising inflation every day which he stated has impacted negatively on the Nigerian employees.

The TUC President stated, “It took about two years to conclude the final minimal wage negotiation. That length was attributable to fewer challenges in comparison with what we face now. Meals costs are excessive, the Naira is devalued, and power prices have escalated.

“At present, urgency is paramount. We don’t have the luxurious of time. Negotiations started in January this yr, and we’re already discussing sending a invoice to the Nationwide Meeting for anew minimal wage legislation.

“Since April 18, 2024, Nigeria has lacked a minimal wage legislation. Nevertheless, I guarantee Nigerians that labour will demand arrears fee, no matter when the brand new legislation takes impact.”

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