The Nigeria Labour Congress says it will resume talks with the government on a new minimum wage for workers in 2017.The President of the labour union, Mr Ayuba Waba, gave the union’s position on the new wage on Monday.
He said: “The government cannot continue to hide under the cover of economic recession and leave the issues of workers welfare unattended to”.
Mr Waba further advised the Federal and States governments to set their priorities aright and attend to issues that affect the welfare of their workers instead of embarking on projects that have no economic effects on the citizenry.
The labour union and its trade union affiliate have proposed a new minimum wage of 56,000 Naira to the Federal Government before the nation’s economy enters the recession.
Members of the union said that a review of the minimum wage was long overdue.
The renewed demand is coming at a time that most Nigerian states are struggling to pay workers the current 20,000 Naira minimum wage.
Most States governors have claimed that reduced allocation from the Federal Government was responsible for their inability to meet their financial obligations to workers and even pensioners.