The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the rest of the organized labour have raised their demands for a new national minimum wage by another notch by demanding a figure of N66,500.
This demand comes barely 24 hours after an emergency meeting on Tuesday of the state governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) when it was agreed to pay N22,500 as the new national minimum wage.
In a statement after the meeting, the Chairman of the NGF, Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar said, “Governors, therefore, agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.”
However, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in a media conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said the NGF is an illegal body not recognized within the framework of the law.
He further reiterated the decision of the organized labour to increase its demands from the earlier proposed N30,000 to N66,500.
“The demand of Organised Labour is not N30,000; our demand is N66,500,” Wabba said at the conference.
The NLC and other labour unions went ahead with the threat of embarking on a nationwide strike by November 6 if their demands are not met.
“We wish to reiterate our position adopted at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of 23rd October 2018 that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted by us.
“We call on our members to continue to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018, if by then necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee,” Wabba said.