Labour rejects ₦100,000 minimum wage, may resume strike Tuesday

The organized labor has stated that they will not accept any minimum wage proposal of ₦62,000 or ₦100,000 for Nigerian workers from the federal government.

During an interview on Channels Television on Monday, Chris Onyeka, the Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), referred to such proposals as “starvation wages.”

Onyeka emphasized that the latest government offer of ₦62,000 would not be accepted, insisting that the living wage for an average Nigerian worker should be ₦250,000.

He stated, “Our stance is very clear. We will not agree to ₦62,000 or any other wage that we believe is insufficient for Nigerian workers. We will not negotiate a starvation wage.

“We have never even considered ₦100,000, let alone ₦62,000. We are still standing firm at ₦250,000, which we consider to be a reasonable compromise between the government and other social partners. Our demands are based on the reality of the cost of living, including everyday expenses such as a bag of rice, yam, garri, and other essentials.”

Onyeka mentioned that the one-week grace period given to the Federal Government to review its proposal last Tuesday, June 4, 2024, would expire at midnight on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

He added, “If the Federal Government and National Assembly do not respond to workers’ demands by tomorrow, then organized labor will decide whether to resume the nationwide industrial action.”

Explaining the potential course of action if the government insists on ₦62,000, Onyeka said, “We stated clearly that we are temporarily suspending a nationwide indefinite strike. If the governing bodies of the trade unions decide to lift this suspension, it means we will revert to what was in effect before.”


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