NLC Raises Minimum Wage Demand To N66, 500
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has raised its minimum wage demand from N56, 000 to N66, 500, according to findings by our correspondent.
As to this, the tripartite committee to which the NLC has its members will be organizing public hearings in the eight zones of the country to debate the new demand.
It was gathered that the NLC tabled the new demand to the tripartite committee, saying that the current economic situation had made it review the demand, which the government had failed to address in the last three years.
The 30-member tripartite committee is chaired by a former Head of Service and Minister of Housing, Ms Ama Pepple. Its members are drawn from the government (federal and state), workers’ unions and employers of labour.
From April 23, our correspondent learnt that the zonal hearing would begin but the President of NLC Ayuba Wabba could not disclose how much the union had tabled before the tripartite.
“We considered the prevailing realities including certain variables and current inflation to make an upward review of our demand,” Wabba said.
Wabba stated that the new demand is not different from the old demand, which was made about two years ago.
“And judging by the current inflation and other economic indices, it becomes imperative to jack up our demands,” he said.