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Starvation Wage: Organised Labour rejects N62,000 minimum wage proposal, may resume strike on Tuesday

The Organised Labour has rejected the federal government’s proposal of N62,000 as a new minimum wage.

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The Organised Labour has rejected the federal government’s proposal of N62,000 as a new minimum wage.

The labour union said they may resume a nationwide strike on Tuesday as the one-week grace period given to the federal government last week would expire by midnight of Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Labour said failure of the federal government and National Assembly to act on the demands of workers by tomorrow (Tuesday), the organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) would meet to decide on the resumption of the nationwide industrial action relaxed last week.

This was made known on Monday by Chris Onyeka, an Assistant General Secretary of the NLC while featuring on Channels Television’s “The Morning Brief show”.

According to Onyeka, labour won’t accept any ₦62,000 or ₦100,000 “starvation wage” as the minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

He said labour’s latest demand of ₦250,000 at the last meeting of the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage on Friday, as the living wage for an average Nigerian worker.

Onyeka noted that labour won’t accept the latest government’s offer of ₦62,000 and the ₦100,000 proposal by some individuals and economists.

Onyeka said, “We have never considered accepting ₦62,000 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 ₦100,000 let alone of ₦62,000. We are still at ₦250,000, 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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