AT last federal government and the organised labour have reached a consensus to review the protracted national minimum wage. Ayuba Wabba, president, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, who disclosed this on Wednesday, February 15, said the consensus was reached during the sitting of the Technical Committee on Palliative.
He said the committee was meant to look into the framework to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians and cushion the effect of the increase in the price of fuel. He noted that the report of the committee, which was also meant to discuss the issue of the minimum wage, was ready for submission.
“I think there is a consensus on the fact that nobody has said that the minimum wage should not be reviewed. The palliative report is ready and it would be submitted before the end of the month. At the last palliative meeting, labour leaders had requested that they needed to look at the main report of the committee before submission. So, the technical committee will have to submit its report to Mr President and not to the Minister of Labour and Employment,” he said.
Wabba said after the submission, the presidency would then set up the tripartite committee that would involve the government, private and public sector. The NLC president said labour was hopeful that the minimum wage committee would be constituted soon.
He said labour had also received positive response from the National Assembly, saying that the Senate had promised to pass the bill. It would be recalled that the labour unions had submitted a proposal to the federal government demanding for N56, 000 as minimum wage.
— Feb 15, 2017 @ 18:18 GMT