In light of the global inflationary crisis, the Federal Government said on Monday that it intends to raise the N30,000 minimum wage. This information was disclosed by Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ public presentation on “Contemporary history of working-class struggle” in Abuja.
He claimed that in order to represent what was happening globally, the adjustment had become crucial.Information Guide Nigeria
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He said, “The inflation is worldwide, we shall adjust the minimum wage in conformity with what is happening now. The 2019 Minimum Wage Act has a new clause for a review. The adjustment has started with the Academic Staff Union of University because the stage they are with their primary employers, Ministry of Education, is a collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
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“Under the principles of offer and acceptance, which is that of collective bargaining, ASUU can look at the offer they gave us and make a counter offer, but they have not done that. If they do that, we are bound to look at their offer. These are the ingredients of collective negotiations.”JAMB Result
He added stated, “If you don’t work, you won’t eat,” adding that labour provided the riches of any nation as well as the prosperity of every family.
However, he suggested that the executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress affiliate unions become familiar with labour legislation.
He noted that preparations were being made to transform the Michael Imoudu Institute of Labour Studies in Ilorin, Kwara State, into a university.
He claimed that the N30,000 minimum salary would not be sufficient to cover workers’ transportation costs for a month of employment in the current economic climate.
Festus Osifo, president of the Trade Union Congress, also gave a speech in which he stated that the country’s labour movement only existed to advance the interests of its members.
The tale would have been different today if the founders of the movement in the nation had not fought.
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