Chris Ngige, the minister of labor and employment, announced the Federal Government’s (FG) intention to raise the N30,000 minimum salary on Monday.
Speaking at a public presentation by the Nigeria Labour Congress in Abuja titled “Contemporary history of working-class struggle,” Ngige remarked that the move by the FG is being made as a result of global inflation.
He stated that in order to keep up with global trends, the Nigerian government believes the minimum wage needs to be adjusted.
According to Ngige, the country’s existing minimum wage does not cover workers’ transportation expenses for a month of labor.
Ngige claims that the 2019 Minimum Wage Act includes a new provision for review.
The minister noted that the adjustment of the minimum wage has started with the Academic Staff Union of the University.
He said, “the stage they are with their primary employers, Ministry of Education, is a collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
“Under the principles of offer and acceptance, which is that of collective bargaining, ASUU can look at the offer they gave us and make a counter offer, but they have not done that. If they do that, we are bound to look at their offer. These are the ingredients of collective negotiations.”
He added that labor ensures both the prosperity of every family and the riches of any nation.
Ngige urged the executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress’ affiliate unions to get familiar with labor legislation.
The Federal Government is working to transform the Michael Imodu Institute of Labour Studies in Ilorin, Kwara State, into a university, the Minister said.
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