Federal Government and NLC Continue Wage Negotiations Amidst Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the federal government has hit a crucial phase, with NLC President Joe Ajaero confirming that no specific wage figures have been agreed upon. This clarification comes against the backdrop of a nationwide strike initiated by the NLC on June 3, 2024, demanding a substantial increase in the national minimum wage.

The labour unions have been unwavering in their stance, rejecting the government’s offer of a N60,000 minimum wage and proposing a significant hike to N494,000. The NLC’s decision to strike was spurred by what they consider an inadequate response to the cost of living crisis affecting millions of Nigerians.

Negotiations have been tense, with the federal government and labour unions locked in discussions to find a middle ground. The NLC has criticized the government’s proposal of a 35% pay rise for federal civil servants as insufficient, advocating instead for a “living wage” of N615,000.

President Bola Tinubu’s administration has expressed a commitment to resolving the wage dispute, with assurances of a willingness to establish a minimum wage higher than the initial N60,000 offer. The Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage, which includes representatives from the government, labour unions, and employers, is set to meet daily over the next week in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Stay tuned for more updates as the story unfolds.

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