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FG, organised labour postpones meeting on new minimum wage till next Tuesday

FG, organised labour postpones meeting on new minimum wage t

The Federal Government, organised labour, and the private sector have rescheduled the new minimum wage tripartite committee meeting for next Tuesday.

Allnews.ng gathered that the parties decided to postpone the meeting on Wednesday after organised labour rejected the federal government's new offer of ₦57,000 as minimum wage.

During the meeting, the government boosted their offer from ₦54,000 to ₦57,000. However, the workers unions rejected it. Additionally, labour demand decreased from ₦615,000 to ₦497,000.

According to a source who attended the meeting, the government team did not increase their current offer of ₦57,000.

The insider indicated that it is an issue if the government cannot provide a significant wage increase, and that the meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday.

The Labour member stated that the government's offer was once again given by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment.

He said: “They are crying now. They are stuck at N57,000. There is a problem if the government cannot pay an appreciable salary increase. There is no sign that there is no money. We adjourned until next Tuesday.

“The government is insisting on N57,000, which is like wage reduction, how can you go and negotiate wage reduction because there’s nobody that is earning N57,000 now?

“We came down from N500,000 to N497,000 because when they increased by N3,000, we now came down by N3,000 too so that if they are joking, we also decided to joke, they are not the only ones who know how to joke. We came down to N497,000 when they came up to N57,000. We told them straight away that we didn’t accept the N57,000 offer.

“They pleaded with labour to accept their offer, we told them there was nothing to plead about. We told them to break down the N57,000 offer, so we will know how much they are allocating to transport, how much to accommodation, how much to health so that we know and not lump everything but they didn’t do that.”

The Finance and Budget Ministers, Wale Edun and Atiku Bagudu, and Onyejeocha, were among the government team members present at the meeting.

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