NLC Refutes President Tinubu's Minimum Wage Agreement Claims, Demands N250,000 Minimum Wage | #NwokeukwuMascot


Nigeria Labour Congress Challenges President Tinubu's Claims on Minimum Wage Agreement, Reiterates Demand for N250,000 | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a strong rebuttal to President Bola Tinubu’s recent statement regarding the new minimum wage, clarifying that no specific figure was agreed upon during the negotiations with the Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS). This response came after President Tinubu mentioned an agreement in his Democracy Day address.

In an official statement signed by Acting President Prince Adewale Adeyanju, the NLC reaffirmed its demand for a minimum wage of N250,000. The union emphasized that this figure represents a significant concession from Nigerian workers, and there have been no compelling reasons to reconsider their stance.

The NLC expressed concern that President Tinubu had been misinformed about the outcomes of the tripartite negotiations. "We reiterate that it will be extremely difficult for Nigerian workers to accept any national minimum wage figure that approximates to a starvation wage. We cannot be working and yet remain in abject poverty," the statement read.

While acknowledging the President's commitment to democratic principles, the NLC stressed its expectation that the President would support the figures proposed by the Tripartite Committee in favor of the workers. The union was surprised by President Tinubu’s assertion of an agreement, underscoring that no such consensus had been reached.

Furthermore, the NLC revealed that they had not received the document reportedly submitted to the President and would not accept any modifications that undermine workers' welfare. They called on President Tinubu to demonstrate his commitment to the Nigerian workforce by preparing an Executive Bill that accurately reflects their demands, rejecting any advice that seeks to diminish workers' rights.

The statement also highlighted the intimidation and harassment faced by trade union leaders during the negotiations, including the presence of armed soldiers, which was not adequately communicated to the President by his advisers.

The NLC concluded by urging President Tinubu to act decisively in favor of Nigerian workers, consistent with his pledge to lift them out of poverty. The union remains steadfast in its demand for a fair and livable minimum wage, advocating for the welfare and dignity of Nigerian workers.


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