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Labour takes new minimum wage battle to NASS

Labour is set to take its minimum wage struggle to the National Assembly, to lobby lawmakers to approve N30,000 for workers, President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Bobboi Kaigama, announced in Lagos, yesterday.
Kaigama disclosed this in a statement, yesterday.
He was reacting to the National Council of State approval of N30,000 as minimum wage for federal workers and 27,000 for states, on January 22.
The Federal Government has been locked in negotiations with Organised Labour since 2016; over a long overdue new minimum wage for public sector workers.
“If President Muhammadu Buhari takes the N27, 000 agreed by the National Council of State to the lawmakers, organised labour will provide necessary documents and agreements reached by the Tripartite Committee to lobby for N30,000. Nigeria has become the poorest country in the world. Yet, instead of approving a living wage for workers, the Presidency is hiding under the National Council of State to subvert N30.000 monthly National Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee; after extensive consultations and deliberations including touring of the six geo-political zones of the country before it arrived at that figure.
“It is this type of decision that continues to make Nigeria a laughing stock before the comity of nations.”

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