Governors To Pay N30000 Minimum Wage: The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Today in Abuja said 30 state governors have agreed to pay the N30000 new national minimum wage.
The union told the National Assembly to disregard the recommendation of N2700 by the Federal Government.
The plea was made at a National Assembly public hearing on the bill by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC
The union, therefore, rejects the N27000 proposed by the Federal government.
Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, who addressed leaders and members of the National Assembly at the event said that N30000 was what NLC had discussed on and reached a compromise on.
According to Mr Wabba, NLC accepted the figure because it was reasonable enough to see the challenge at the negotiating table. NLC had discussed with 30 state governors and they had all agreed and accepted to pay the N30000. Therefore, 30 state governors to pay N30000 minimum wage is certain.
“We have considered all factors and we are pleading with the House, governors and our leaders that N30000 is a compromised position, that all of us will work together to build our country,’’ Mr Wabba said.
However, the Nigeria Labour Union NLC proposed four (4) amendments to the current minimum wage bill.
The first (1st) amendment made by the NLC president was about the figure. He noticed that item one (1) provided for a minimum wage of N27000, pleading that the figure should be amended to N30000.
The second (2nd) amendment was in section 2(b) which hinted on duration of four (4) years as contained in the draft bill.
It should be a (4) four-year cycle as proposed by NLC bearing in mind that major economic upheaval would adversely affect the value of the new minimum wage, saying this was in tandem with global best practice.
Amendment on the threshold was sought by labour, asking that it should be removed, ‘because we insist every worker should be able to earn at least the minimum wage’.
Mr Wabba also made it clear that those employing from 25 and below should not be exempted.
The body is saddled with the responsibility of making the next review should be institutionalized.
‘What is being proposed here is quite different from what is recommended in tripartite where we said that any future review would be done by a tripartite committee as done before,’ he said.
Mr Wabba also said that the tripartite body would as well come to the table on equal footing and if there was a need for any inclusion, the minister could recommend to the president after consulting the social partners.
In conclusion, Labour sought an amendment to section 5 (a) which emphasized a penalty.
‘The recommended penalty of N5000 was too small and asked that it should be increased to a fine of about N75000,’ NLC president, Mr Wabba suggested.