Organized Labour Firm on N615,000 Minimum Wage Demand, Rejects Government Proposal | #NwokeukwuMascot


 Joe Ajaero addressing newsmen during a protest 

In a firm stance against the Federal Government's proposal, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have reiterated their demand for a N615,000 minimum wage, rejecting the government's offer of N48,000.

Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, emphasized the need for a living wage that ensures basic survival and prevents workers from falling deeper into poverty. "A living wage is meant to keep you alive. It's not a wage that makes you poorer, forces you to borrow just to get to work, or leads to malnutrition and frequent hospital visits," Ajaero stated.

He elaborated on the rationale behind the N615,000 figure, providing a detailed breakdown of the cost components considered. According to Ajaero, housing and accommodation account for N40,000, while electricity costs, calculated before the recent tariff hike, were pegged at N20,000. Utilities such as water and waste management are estimated at N10,000, with fuel expenses for kerosene and gas ranging between N25,000 to N35,000.

Food expenses for a family of six were calculated at N9,000 per day, totaling N270,000 per month. Healthcare costs were estimated at N50,000, a figure that does not cover major medical procedures. Clothing expenses were set at N20,000, and education at N50,000, highlighting the struggle for those attempting to afford private schooling. Sanitation costs added another N10,000.

Transportation costs emerged as a significant portion of the proposed wage. Ajaero noted, "Due to workers living on the fringes and the high cost of petrol, transportation expenses amounted to N110,000." These combined expenses bring the proposed living wage to N615,000. Ajaero challenged others to scrutinize this figure, asserting that it leaves no room for savings.

The NLC and TUC's steadfast position highlights the severe economic pressures facing Nigerian workers and underscores their demand for a wage that reflects the current cost of living. As negotiations continue, the outcome will significantly impact the livelihood of millions of workers across the country.


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