Labour Rejects Tinubu's Claims of Agreement on New Minimum Wage

 Labour leaders Festus Osifo (second left) and Joe Ajaero (second right) at the 2024 Workers’ Day in Abuja
Labour leaders Festus Osifo (second left) and Joe Ajaero (second right) at the 2024 Workers’ Day in Abuja

Organised Labour has rejected President Bola Tinubu's claims that an agreement has been reached on a new national minimum wage in his nationwide broadcast to mark Democracy Day.

According to labour, as of June 7, there was no agreement reached by the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage. Instead, two figures were arrived at: N250,000 from labour and N62,000 from the government and Organised Private Sector (OPS).

Labour noted that anything contrary to this was not only doctored but would not be accepted. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) acting President, Prince Adewale Adeyanju, stated that the NLC attentively listened to the President's speech but found that he had been misinformed regarding the outcome of the wage negotiation process.

The NLC appreciated the President's commitment to democratic ideals but expected him to have used this understanding to harmonise the two figures submitted to him by the Tripartite Committee in favour of workers and masses. The NLC reiterated that their demand remains N250,000 and that they have not been given any compelling reasons to change this position.

Labour expressed surprise at the President's submission of a supposed agreement and believed that he may have been misled into believing that there was an agreement with the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The NLC reaffirmed their belief that the President would prepare an Executive Bill that reflects the true demand of Nigerian workers. They urged the President to shun advice that may be coming from those whose intentions are focused on hurting the poor and struggling workers of Nigeria.

Labour also highlighted that the President's advisers did not tell him the truth about the intimidation and harassment of trade union leaders. They were threatened severally by government operatives, and series of media propaganda were waged against them.

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