Minimum Wage: Workers Present Fresh Demand Using Current Economic Indices


BY OBINNA MADUKA——-Poised to drive home its demand of improving workers walfare,  Organised Labour on Monday officially presented a fresh demand for higher National Minimum Wage for workers to the Federal Government Tripartite Committee using current economic indices.

Disclosing this in Abuja, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said fresh demand for the higher wage was

He said “we have taken a position when we made the initial demand on the government which is almost two years back.

“But then, when we got to the tripartite committee and the committee called on all stakeholders to submit memorandum.

“In responding to the request for a memorandum, we then use current economic indices to make a fresh demand. So, what we place and what we demand is an outcome of analysis we carried out.

“We did the analysis using the current economic table and data of the nation and of cause that came to something different.

“We are going to maintain what is in the memorandum that we have submitted to the tripartite committee and it is not something or a figure we will be discussing in public, ‘’he said.

He noted that the fresh demand was a joint memorandum by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

“We formally submitted it at the last meeting of the tripartite committee.

“We have also formally made the presentation to the committee and we have defended it.

“We have also taken into account changes between the first demand and the current position”.

It would be recalled that two years ago both union had demanded for N56,000 as the national minimum wage for workers in the country.



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