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Minimum wage: Organised labour decides following FG's offer of N60,000 increment

Minimum wage: Organised labour decides following FG's offer

The Nigerian federal government's new minimum wage proposal of N60,000 has been rejected by Organised Labour.

Allnews.ng gathered that the government offered the amount during Tuesday's resumed tripartite committee negotiation meeting on a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

However, unions rejected the government's most recent offering, which was the fourth offer offered within two weeks of the resumption of bargaining talks.

Labour adjusted its demand to N494,000 from N497,000 last week. The government boosted their offer by N3000, but labour reduced their demand by N3,000.

According to a source who provided the breakdown at the Tuesday meeting, the government's proposed number did not sit well with labour leaders from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

A union leader, who was described by Punch as having spoken to the journal before the meeting began, remarked that organised labour would only go lower if the government increased its demands.

“This is simply a case of if they go higher, we will go lower. They need to propose something reasonable for us to propose something lower too. There is no two-way about it.

"Also, we have a way of meeting as members of the Labour before each committee meeting. This will help us to take a uniform stand by the time we get to the meeting front.

“So as long as the government is ready to present something reasonable, we will meet them in the middle,” the labour leader said. 

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