The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the N27,000 new national minimum wage which was adopted by the National Council of States during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
According to the NLC Secretary-General, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, the council has no jurisdiction to determine another amount after a Tripartite Committee had submitted its report. “It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the Council of States,” he said.
He added that the NLC has scheduled an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting for Friday, Jan. 25, to weigh on the deadline given to government within which to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly.
He added that “workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday.”
Bottom Line: Labour is standing firm on its demands and refusing to shift grounds despite the insistence by states that they would be unable to pay the N30,000 demanded. It would be interesting to see where public opinion turns to on this matter in light of the government’s N27,000 offer.