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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Democracy Day: NLC stands firm on N250,000 Minimum wage

Democracy Day: NLC stands firm on N250,000 Minimum wage

On Nigeria's Democracy Day, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, reiterated its stance on the national minimum wage, insisting it should be set at N250,000.

Acting NLC President, Adewale Adeyanju, made this assertion in response to President Bola Tinubu's Democracy Day address in Abuja.

The federal government had proposed N62,000 as the new minimum wage following discussions with the tripartite committee, which included the Organised Private Sector.

Adeyanju expressed gratitude for the President's support of democratic principles, noting that despite challenges, the negotiations for the national minimum wage proceeded smoothly.

“Our demand still remains N250,000 only and we have not been given any compelling reasons to change this position which we consider a great concession by Nigerian workers during the tripartite negotiation process.

“We are, therefore, surprised at the submission of Mr President over a supposed agreement.

“We believe that he may have been misled into believing that there was an agreement with the NLC and TUC.

“There was none, and it is important that we let the President, Nigerians and other national stakeholders understand this immediately to avoid a mix-up in the ongoing conversation around the national minimum wage,” he said.

Adeyanju also noted that the union had not seen a copy of the document submitted to Tinubu and it would not accept any doctored document.

He, however, reaffirmed the union’s belief that the president on whose table the tripartite committee’s report presently resides would prepare an Executive Bill whose content would reflect the true demand of Nigerian workers.

“We think that this is an opportunity for him to demonstrate his love for Nigerian workers and masses.

“That is by shunning the pieces of advice that may be coming from those whose intentions are continuously focused on hurting the poor and struggling workers of Nigeria.

“Mr President should not allow these individuals and groups to sabotage his promise of lifting Nigerian workers out of poverty,” he said.

According to him, the president’s advisers obviously did not tell him the truth that the leaders of the trade unions were intimidated and harassed.

“It is, therefore, important that Mr President understands that we were threatened severally by his operatives perhaps without his consent.

“Series of media propaganda calculated to intimidate and harass us were, and, are still being waged against the trade unions by senior officials of this government.

“Fully armed soldiers surrounded us while we were in a negotiation with the government,” he alleged.

He added the NLC remained assured that the president’s democratic credentials will come to the fore in favour of Nigerian workers and masses.

He also noted that NLC never agreed on a five-year duration of the minimum wage Act though acknowledged that the president mentioned five years or less.

According to Adeyanju, the union also agreed that inflation should be pegged at a level for certain amount to be agreed as minimum wage. This is to bring clarity to what the report should contain.

“Once again, we reiterate that it will be extremely difficult for Nigerian workers to accept any national minimum wage figure that approximates a starvation wage.
“We cannot be working and yet remain in abject poverty.

“We seek justice, equity, and fairness for all Nigerians, and this we hope would also drive the actions of Mr President, who promised a Living Wage to Nigerian

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