Labour Union Rejects FG’s N45,000 Proposed Minimum Wage

By Damilare Adeleye

The organized labour unions have reportedly stormed out of the meeting with the Federal Government over offer of N45,000 as new minimum wage.

It was recalled that the organized labour had made a demand of N615,000 as the new minimum wage and hved given the government up till May 31 to conclude negotiations on new living wage.

The Tripartite Committee on New National Minimum Wage resumed negotiations on Wednesday, May 15.

Meanwhile, reports from reliable representatives of the organized labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, indicated that the unions were enraged over the government offer.

Professor Theophilus Ndubuaku, who is one of the representatives of the NLC disclosed that, “We asked whether the N45,000 is for transport, food, clothing, housing or for what.

“So we just told them that since they are not serious, we better just leave, so we stormed out of the place.”

He added that the government offer was presented to them by the Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Office.