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  • Updated: December 05, 2023

NLC speaks on proposed N30,000 new minimum wage

NLC speaks on proposed N30,000 new minimum wage

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, Tuesday said President Bola Tinubu's plan for the implementation of a N30,000 minimum wage billed to start in April 2024, would be based on the country's current cost of living.

Ajaero disclosed this at the ongoing 19th edition of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School in Abuja,.

Ajaero, represented by NLC Vice President Benjamin Anthony, stated that authorities at all levels must acknowledge that life and living conditions are extremely challenging.

“The removal of subsidies on petroleum products has further worsened the challenges faced by working people,” he said.

“That is unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.

“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development.

“As we anticipate the commencement of negotiations for the National Minimum Wage in 2024.

“We seek the understanding of all stakeholders to ensure that we use this opportunity to arrive at a minimum wage commensurate with the prevailing cost of living,” he stated further. 

The ultimate goal, according to Ajaero, is to establish a living wage that covers the cost of living while also allowing for some worker savings.

According to him, the recent attack on workers and their leaders in Imo poses a serious threat to free association and collective bargaining.

“This is as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

“This should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill. The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo  Government to address all labour issues.

“They are also to return the so-called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimised workers to their jobs,” he noted. 

The Harmattan School is part of the NLC National Schools, which trains and empowers members of its affiliated unions via skill development. 

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