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Minimum wage: No going back on N56,000 demand – Labour tells Saraki, Ngige

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Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, says its demand for a new minimum wage remains intact.

President, Ayuba Wabba said this on Monday during a meeting attended by officials of the Federal Government and the leadership of the National Assembly over new minimum wage and salary arrears owed workers.

In attendance were Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Budget Office Director-General Ben Akabueze, Labour officials, among others.

“We just concluded a meeting with officials of the executive and legislature.

“We have made a formal demand, which you are aware. It is N56,000, there is no need repeating it every time”, Wabba told newsmen.

Speaking, Ngige told reporters that they were at the National Assembly on the invitation of leadership.

He added that all sides will be back the next day with possible solution to the identified issues which is that “government does not have enough fund for now to tackle the issues”.

Ngige said: “We are here on the invitation of the National Assembly, the joint committee on labour and employment and the meeting is chaired by the Senate President.

“We are here to discuss issues relating to things that are meant for industrial harmony in the public sector.

“As you are aware, the labour federations have said the governors have not been treating them well.

“One of the cardinal issues of International Labour Organisation (ILO) is to give our workers decent jobs and we decided to discuss with them.

“We looked at the issues of salary arrears, promotion arrears, death benefits, location expenses and transfer allowances, hotel allowance, which overtime have accumulated and had run into billions and this is what is owed to federal public servants and we started the meeting today to find a solution.”

 

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