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Labor Voices Frustration As Federal Government Rejects Minimum Wage Panel Establishment.

The article highlights the growing tension between Nigerian labor unions and the federal and state governments over the delay in negotiating a new minimum wage for public sector workers. The key points include:

Government’s Delay in Constituting Committee:

The federal government has not yet named its representatives to constitute a committee for negotiating the new minimum wage. The labor unions are ready for talks, but the absence of government representation is causing unease.

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Economic Challenges for Workers:

Workers are facing challenges due to the removal of fuel subsidy, leading to inflation and a rise in the cost of living. Many workers find their monthly wages inadequate to meet basic needs such as rent, children’s school fees, and transportation costs.

Demand for Wage Increase:

In June 2023, workers and labor leaders demanded an increase in the minimum wage from N30,000 to N250,000, later adjusted to N200,000. The rising inflation rate and increased living costs are driving the call for a salary review.

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Government’s Assurances:

President Bola Tinubu, shortly after taking office, emphasized the priority of improving the livelihoods of Nigerians. He acknowledged the need for a review of the national minimum wage to reflect current economic realities.

Unimplemented Minimum Wage:

Despite the minimum wage being reviewed from N18,000 to N30,000 in 2019, some states have not implemented the new wage. There are ongoing calls for further increments, with labor unions advocating for over N200,000.

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Threat of Industrial Action:

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned of a possible industrial action if the government continues to delay the setting up of the wage review committee. The committee is essential for negotiating and recommending appropriate wage rates.

Government’s Response:

A Presidency official confirmed ongoing talks at the Federal Executive Council level regarding the Minimum Wage Committee. The government is committed to reviewing the minimum wage and will inaugurate the committee soon, following the legal process.

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Labor’s Perspective:

The TUC emphasizes the importance of timely inauguration of the National Minimum Wage Committee to avoid industrial disharmony. The union also stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to wage negotiations, considering factors like transportation, housing, health, and education.

Living Wage Considerations:

The TUC argues that the negotiation for a living wage should consider critical components such as transportation, housing, health, and education. The current demands for a minimum wage may not be sufficient to cover essential needs given the inflation rate.

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Negotiations at State Level:

Negotiations for a living wage have reportedly begun across the 36 states, especially in response to the removal of fuel subsidy, with the aim of ensuring industrial peace and addressing socio-economic challenges faced by workers.

In summary, the article portrays a situation of heightened tension as labor unions and the government grapple with the complexities of negotiating a new minimum wage amid economic challenges and rising inflation in Nigeria. The looming threat of industrial action adds urgency to the need for a resolution.

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