NLC Demands N66,500 Minimum Wage, Kicks Against N22,500

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By; BENEDICT SUNDAY, Kaduna

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has been lambasted by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for fixing the minimum wage at N22,500.

The union subsequently fixed the minimum wage at N65,500. This was stated by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, October 31.

Wabba, who stated that the NGF was illegal because it was not known to law, said all governors should return to their respective states and consult with workers rather than hide under the umbrella of NGF.

Bayelsa state promised civil servants in the state that the new minimum wage of N30,000 would be paid by the state government.

This was sequel to a peaceful protest by the leaders of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The promise was made on Tuesday, October 30, by the state head of civil service, Wellington Obiri, during the protest to the Government House in Yenagoa.

Obiri said:“I want to assure Bayelsa workers that government is in support of your quest forminimum wage. The N30,000 minimum wage will be implemented by the state government.

Meanwhile, Ayuba Wabba, the president, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said the proposed workers minimum wage would boost the country’s economy rather than trigger inflation.

Wabba was in Delta state as a special guest at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the National Union of Hotels and Personal Services Workers.

It is not true and has no empirical bases that an upward review of minimum wage would trigger inflation in the country. This is because when the minimum wage was increased in 2011, in fact, the inflation rates went down.”

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