Labour says no new minimum wage offer presented after resuming talks with FG

Members of the tripartite committee,consisting of the federal government and labour unions, have restarted discussion’s on a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The committee reconvened at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday.

And speaking with reporters after the meeting,, president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo

stated that the federal government failed to present a new minimum wage offer during the talks.

“Nothing has been presented yet. The minister of finance said they are still working on the template that the president mandated them to work on,” Osifo said.

“All we were discussing were the principles behind some of these issues, but they have not presented anything beyond what was presented earlier.

“We hope when we come back tomorrow, we will have something to relate to.”

The federal government was represented at the meeting by Wale Edun, minister of finance; Atiku Bagudu, minister of budget and national planning; and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, minister of labour.

Representatives of the secretary to the government of the federation and the head of service of the federation were also present.

On the part of the organised labour,, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero and Osifo attended

Director-general of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulateef Shittu was also present.

TMY Newspaper recalls that on Monday, the NLC and TUC proceeded on an indefinite strike over the federal government’s failure to meet their demand for a new minimum wage.

The organised labour had proposed N615,500 and N494,000 as the new national minimum wage, which the government said was unrealistic.

On Tuesday, NLC and TUC  relaxed the industrial action for one week to pave way for negotiations with the federal government on a new minimum wage.


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