NLC, TUC set for emergency NEC meeting over minimum wage, bonus

Organized Labour in Nigeria are expected to meet and deliberate over the suspension of the payment of the wage award to civil servants.

They have also warned the federal and state governments to prepare to increase the minimum wage from the current N30,000 monthly.

Already, discussions are being held around the new minimum wage, which is expected to be signed into law soon.

The Federal Government on its part has budgeted the sum of N1tn for minimum wage adjustments, promotion arrears and severance benefits for civil servants in its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, analysis of the 2024 appropriation budget released by the Budget Office of the Federation revealed.

However, state governments have largely remained silent on the issue of a new minimum wage for their workers, even in the face of escalating cost of living nationwide.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, said in an interview with Punch in Abuja that the current N30,000 minimum wage would expire at the end of March 2024.

The Federal Government’s team and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council on October 18, 2019, agreed on the implementation of the N30,00 minimum wage after months of negotiations.

The Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress, Tommy Etim, told Sunday PUNCH that the body might resolve to embark on a prolonged industrial action during its next national executive council meeting.

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