Organized Labour has threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government fails to approve and implement the N30,000 minimum wage recommended by the tripartite committee.
Backstory: This update is in response to comments made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council.
“I think it (N30,000) was a recommendation. Mr. President will consider it and will make his views known in due course,” the minister said.
In response as to whether the revenue-sharing formula would be reviewed if the new minimum wage is approved, the minister reiterated that “a recommendation has been made and in responding to the recommendation, all these views will be taken into consideration.”
The General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Musa Lawal, said in response to comments by the Minister of Information, anything short of the full implementation of the report would be met with stiff opposition.
Lawal said “They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30,000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do.”
Bottom Line: With the elections around the corner, Labor knows it has the government in a tight corner, hence its refusal to bulge.