Labour Rejects N62,000, Insists On N250,000, May Resume Strike Tuesday

Labour Rejects N62,000, Insists On N250,000, May Resume Strike Tuesday

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Organisation for Organised Labour has said that it will not recognise a minimum pay of N62,000 or N100,000 for Nigerian labourers as a “starvation wage.”

At the most recent Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage meeting on Friday, it reiterated its demand that N250,000 be the living wage for the typical Nigerian worker.

While answering questions on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief programme on Monday, Chris Onyeka, Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, disclosed this.

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According to Onyeka, the Federal Government was granted a one-week grace period last Tuesday, June 4, 2024, which will end at midnight on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.


He said that the organs of the National Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) would convene tomorrow, Tuesday, to decide whether to resume the statewide industrial action that was eased last week, should the Federal Government and National Assembly not act upon the requests of the workers.

“Our position is very clear. We have never considered accepting N62,000 or any other wage that we know is below what we know is able to take Nigerian workers home. We will not negotiate a starvation wage.

“We have never contemplated N100,000 let alone N62,000. We are still at N250,000, that is where we are, and that is what we considered enough concession to the government and the other social partners in this particular situation. We are not just driven by frivolities but the realities of the market place; realities of things we buy every day, bag of rice, yam, garri, and all of that.

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“The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now. It is not our call. Our demand is there for them (the government) to look at and send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly, and for the National Assembly to look at what we have demanded, the various fact of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Act that meets our demands.”

He continued: “If that does not meet our demand, we have given the Federal Government a one-week notice to look at the issues and that one week expires tomorrow (Tuesday). If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next.

“It was clear what we said. We said we are relaxing a nationwide indefinite strike. It’s like putting a pause on it.


“So, if you put a pause on something and the organs that govern us as trade unions decide that we should remove that pause, it means that we go back to what was in existence before.”


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