Minimum wage committee to begin sitting

Posted by News Express | 20 July 2017 | 1,831 times

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•NLC President Ayuba Wabba

The 29-member committee on a new National Minimum Wage will begin sitting before the end of July, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said on Wednesday.

”Before the end of this month, the process of discussions on a new minimum wage will commence,” Wabba said at an interactive forum in Lagos, organised by the NLC to discuss challenges facing its affiliates.

Wabba said that NLC learnt that the Presidency had agreed that six people would represent the Federal Government in the committee, while employers’ body and state governors are also expected to send representatives.

He said that review of the minimum wage was long overdue, adding that workers had suffered much hardship due to Nigeria’s economic situation.

He lamented: “Today, inflation is more than 16 per cent but salary has remained fixed for about six years.

“It means that workers are living in penury. We will ensure that the negotiation will end well.”

The NLC helmsman said that achieving an improved income for workers was a collective struggle.

NAN reports that the NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have been agitating for review of minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000, due to the hardship faced by workers as a result of inflation.

In May, the Federal Executive Council had approved constitution of the committee to start the process of deliberations for a new wage for Nigerian workers.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige told journalists after the meeting that members of the committee would be drawn from the organised labour as well as representatives of the Federal and state governments.

Ngige said that the chairman and secretary of the committee would be appointed by the government. (NAN)

Source: News Express

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