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NLC Rejects FG’s ₦57,000 Wage Proposal, Lowers Demand to ₦497,000

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By Fasuyi Tolulope Samuel

The ongoing negotiations between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Federal Government over the new minimum wage have hit another stalemate as the Organised Labour rejected the Federal Government’s latest offer of ₦57,000.
This marks the third proposal put forth by the government in the span of a week, with the latest talks resuming on Wednesday. Despite this, the NLC and TUC have adjusted their stance, reducing their initial demand from ₦615,000 to ₦497,000.
A key member of the Tripartite Committee, responsible for negotiating the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers, disclosed to Channels Television’s labour correspondent that the government, along with the Organised Private Sector, proposed a ₦57,000 monthly minimum wage. This was an increase from the ₦54,000 proposed on Tuesday, following an earlier offer of ₦48,000 last week, both of which were rejected by the Organised Labour.
The same source indicated that the Organised Labour saw justification in revising their demand to ₦497,000, a significant drop from their initial request.
Last week, the Organised Labour withdrew from negotiations, citing the government and private sector’s reluctance to settle on a new minimum wage. Talks resumed on Tuesday, only for the NLC and TUC to reject the government’s revised offer of ₦54,000.
With just 10 days remaining before the May 31 deadline set by the labour unions for the government to finalize the negotiation, a consensus on a new minimum wage has yet to be reached.
Describing the government’s fresh proposal as “unsubstantial,” NLC President Joe Ajaero expressed his dissatisfaction during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today. “It is still not substantial compared to what we need to make a family moving,” he stated. Ajaero added, “The economy of the workers is totally destroyed. In fact, the workers don’t have any economy. I think there are two economies in the country; the economy of the bourgeoisie and the economy of the workers. I think we have to harmonise this so that we can have a meeting point.”
The NLC President indicated that negotiations are expected to reconvene on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to reach a resolution.

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