Minimum wage: N54,000 not enough to survive — NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has made it clear that the proposed N54,000 proposed minimum wage by the Federal Government will not be enough for any family to survive.

NLC president, Joe Ajaero, made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday.

He said, “You can see that (₦54k) is still not substantial compared to what you need to keep a family moving.

“Organised Labour refused the new proposal, as it is a far cry from the ₦615,000 proposed by both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).”

Recall that at the reconvened meeting this week, the Federal Government made a fresh proposal to pay N54,000 as against the initial N48,000 it proposed during the last sitting.

But, the Organised Labour refused the new proposal, as it is a far cry from the N615,000 proposed by both the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

According to a report, the meeting which was held behind closed doors at the Nicon luxury hotel in Abuja on Tuesday has been adjourned to Wednesday, May 22 to continue with negotiations.

The Organised Labour comprising the NLC and the TUC had on Tuesday given the Federal Government up till the end of May to conclude negotiations for a new minimum wage.

The unions also directed their members in states that are owing the N30,000 minimum wage to gear up for industrial action.

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