NEWSNew Minimum Wage: Labour Union makes new requests from the FG

Although the Federal Government is yet to meet labour N30,000 minimum wage demand, with governors threatening to retrench workers if the bill is approved, the labour unions had made new requests from the Federal government saying it will  it would demand for two years arrears payment of the proposed new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers from the federal and state governments.
_ Labour Union makes  new requests from the FG_

President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Mr Ayuba Wabba said this when Mrs Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Service International (PSI), visited him in his office in Abuja, NAN reports.

According to him, the waiting  by the President Muhammad Buhari in sending the executive bill to the National Assembly was a thing to worry about.

“Workers in the country have made tremendous sacrifice and I think going forward, we are going to demand for arrears of those two years we have lost.

“Because I think with all fairness and justice, as they are going out to campaign we will also go out to campaign for our minimum wage".

According to him the agreement on N30,000 minimum wage took time and wouldn't be altered no matter what.

“I also want to inform you that we have passed the first hurdle and it took us almost a year to be at the tripartite negotiation table for a figure, and we have agreed on a figure of N30, 000.

“That figure has been transmitted to the Mr President who set up the committee and we have also told them to forward an executive bill immediately to the National Assembly.

“We are not unaware of the new tactics by the state governors to try to arm-twist what has already been done,’’ he said.

He told Pavanelli how public hearings were held in the zones, where the state governors were invited to make their inputs.

“So, mutually on the negotiation table, we have looked at all other factors, especially factors that were provided in convention 131 and 95 of the International Labour Organisation on the minimum wage in which five factors were considered.

“The issue of the purchasing power parity, inflation, ability to pay, all those factors were considered and that is how our demand of N66, 500 was then agreed mutually on N30, 000.

“So, workers have made enough sacrifices as we have lost already two years,’’ he added.

The PSI General Secretary who visited Nigeria has said she came full for reasons to support the labour union demands.

So Speaking earlier, the PSI which covers over 170 countries said she was in full support if the labour 

According to her, workers in the public service were faced with a lot of challenges especially in Nigeria.

“Working for months, providing services to people without being paid is something that is unacceptable and this unfortunately what is happening here.

“In a country which is rich of resources that can have wealth distribute but it is oppressed by the greater international capital that wants to grab the resources and forget the people who create wealth for the country.

“This is very wrong and unacceptable, we must ensure good governance, social justice for the Nigerian workers, we will support you anytime you call on us,’’ she said.
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