The prolonged issue of minimum wage which seemed to have been resolved by both parties has taken a new dimension as the stakeholders hold divergence views on the actual amount that should be the new national minimum wage.
It is instructive to note that the Federal Government is rooting for N25,000, the State governments are seeking for N20,000 while the Organised Labour is insisting on N30,000 minimum wage. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had on Tuesday said that the tripartite committee has agreed on N30,000 as new minimum wage. But the claim did not go down well with Federal and States governments as they insisted that the claim by the NLC was not part of the agreement.
In a swift reaction on Wednesday, the Federal Government denied the reports that it has agreed N30,000 minimum wage with organised labour. The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, disclosed this development on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa. According to Ngige, negotiations are still ongoing as the stakeholders are yet to come to a consensus, pointing out that state governors and all principal actors have to be carried along. The minister further explained that during negotiations with organised labour, the figures were adjusted “as the labour unions adjusted their figures and came down to N30,000 per month, organised private sector also adjusted their figures from N25,000 which they had earlier proposed to N30,000.