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Minimum Wage: FG Offers Over N60,000, Labour May End Strike

BY: HighCelebritySquard 

 

There are indications that the organised Labour may end its strike over the new minimum wage as it reached an agreement with the Federal Government on Monday.

After a six-hour meeting in Abuja,  the Federal Government expressed the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to raising the N60,000   offered as the minimum wage.

The meeting, held in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on Monday evening aimed to resolve the impasse and bring an end to the industrial action that had paralysed various sectors across the country.

After extensive deliberations, several key resolutions were reached.

The agreement stated that “ the President of Nigeria, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is committed to establishing a National Minimum Wage higher than N60,000; and the Tripartite Committee will convene daily for the next week to finalize an agreeable National Minimum Wage.”

The organised labour also agreed to  “immediately hold meetings of its organs to consider this new offer, and no worker would face victimisation as a consequence of participating in the industrial action.”

These resolutions were signed on behalf of the Federal Government by Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

Representing the organised labour were the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, and the President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government will on Tuesday (today) resume talks with organised Labour in a move to resuscitate the stalled minimum wage negotiation.

The meeting will be held amidst the nationwide strike which grounded the states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Monday.

The invitation to the meeting sighted by A Reliable source on Monday was signed by the Secretary of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage, Ekpo Nta.

The invite addressed to the labour leaders read,  “I respectfully invite you to attend the 8th meeting of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage scheduled as follows: Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024; Venue:  Nicon Luxury Hotel, Area 11, Abuja; Time: 10am prompt.

“The minutes of the 7th meeting, the draft agenda for the 8th meeting and the Zoom link for virtual attendance will be forwarded to you in due course. Regards.’’

Worried by the crippling impact of the strike, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, again, on Monday, called for more minimum wage negotiations.

FG invites Labour

“We will continue to engage and continue to make ourselves available in the context of these negotiations on behalf of the Nigerian people.”

Speaking on the strike, the Labour Party in Nigeria called on the unions to re-negotiate with the government on a new minimum wage rather than embarking on an industrial action.

The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, declared that labour’s demand for N494,000 minimum wage was unrealistic.

Ifoh said that the strike was not an option, noting that it would cause more hardship and suffering.

He stated, “Our immediate reaction is that organised labour should not throw Nigerians into more hardship.

“Nigerians are already grappling with a lot of challenges and we do not need to exacerbate the situation. I think the demand for N494,000 minimum wage is unrealistic. It is really unrealistic.

“It is a figure that cannot be sustained because it will imply that Nigeria will take all that money it has to pay the civil servants.”

Meanwhile, there was a high level of compliance with the industrial action declared by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress across the country.

The strike was directed by the leadership of the labour movement following the failure of the tripartite committee to reach a consensus on a new minimum wage paralysed economic and commercial activities as airports, banks, schools, public offices and hospitals were locked down by workers.

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