Tripartite committee submits report, Labour insists on living wage as FG awaits leaders’ return from Geneva

The Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage has submitted its report, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), has confirmed.

The committee, inaugurated January 30, 2024 by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was saddled with the task of recommending a new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers in the public and private sectors.

Confirming the submission of the report in a statement Monday in Abuja, Director of Information and Public Relations in the OSGF, Segun Imohiosen, said the report would be presented to the president when the organised labour leaders return from Geneva, Switzerland.s: The true story

“The Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage has concluded its assignment and submitted the report to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Monday, 10th June 2024.

“A formal presentation of the Report will be made to Mr. President for appropriate action, when the leadership of the Organised Labour as well as representatives of the Government and Organised Private Sector, who are presently in Geneva, Switzerland for the ongoing International Labour Organisation  Conference, return to the country.  The SGF thanked the Chairman of the Committee, Alh. Bukar Goni Aji and members for their commitment and sacrifices,” the statement said.

…On living wage we stand – Labour

And as Nigerians await the unveiling of the report, the organised labour has said it was not ready to take the N62, 000 or N100, 000 minimum wage proposal for Nigerian workers by the federal government.

Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Chris Onyeka, said this while featuring on Channels Television monitored Monday by Blueprint in Abuja.

Describing the N62, 000/N100, 000 proposal as a ‘starvation wage’, Onyeka said what   labour was asking for was living wage for an average Nigerian worker which he put at N250, 000.

The labour leader said:  “Our position is very clear. We have never considered accepting N62, 000 or any other wage that we know is below what we know can 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 marketplace, realities of things we buy every day: a bag of rice, yam, garri, and all of that.”

On the next line of action after the one-week ultimatum given to the federal government expired Monday, Onyeka said the organised labour would meet and decide on the next line of action.

“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 facts of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Wage Act that meets our demands.

“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.”

Asked what happens if the government refused shifting ground on N62, 000, Onyeka said: “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 that organ 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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