Labour leaders in meeting with Tinubu over new minimum wage

Labour leaders in meeting with Tinubu over new minimum wage
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Leaders of organised labour have arrived the presidential
villa for a meeting with President Bola Tinubu.

 

The representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and
Trade Union Congress (TUC) arrived in a white Toyota Hiace Bus at 2pm and were
led straight into the president’s office.

 

TheCable understands that a new minimum wage for workers
will be arrived at after today’s meeting.

 

Labour has insisted on a N250,000 minimum wage ahead of the
meeting with the president.

On June 3, the labour unions grounded the nation’s economy
over the minimum wage dispute.

 

The NLC and TUC had proposed N494,000 as the new national
minimum wage, citing inflation and the prevailing economic hardship in the
country, while rejecting the federal government’s N60,000 minimum wage offer.

 

On June 7, state governors under the aegis of the Nigerian
Governors Forum (NGF), said a N60,000 minimum wage would prove unsustainable.

 

At the last meeting of the tripartite committee, organised
labour rejected the N62,000 proposed by the government and lowered its demand
to N250,000.

 

The federal government had asked the labour unions to demand
a more realistic and sustainable wage.

 

Tinubu had also directed Wale Edun, minister of finance, to
present the cost implications for a new minimum wage.

 

Mohammed Idris, minister of information and national
orientation, said the presentation would form the basis of further
negotiations.

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