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Minimum wage: We won’t go back on N250,000 demand – TUC

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The President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, has insisted there is going back on their N250,000 minimum wage demand.

Osifo also revealed that TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) were in talks with officials of the Federal Government to reach an agreement on the minimum wage.

He stated this while speaking at the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Women Commission maiden Annual Convention in Abuja.

Discussions on a new national minimum wage has paused following the decision of President Bola Tinubu to consult with stakeholders before sending the bill to the National Assembly.

The Federal Government and Organised Private Sector have agreed on N62,000 as the new minimum wage, but labour is insisting on N250, 000.

Speaking at the event, Osifo said negotiations on the new minimum wage has not been abandoned, rather labour and the government were fine-tuning the matter.

“The minimum wage negotiations cannot be dead. The 2019 minimum wage (that has expired) took about two years to see the light of day. We started the negotiations in 2017.

“We promised you when we started in January (this year) that we will ensure this one is fast – tracked for us not to be in the conundrum that we were in 2019 which took two years,” the TUC president stated.

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