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Labour Throws Out FGN's Proposal On Minimum Wage

HEAD OF SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION, WINIFRED OYO-ITA 
Labour representatives on the negotiation committee established by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, to look into the consequential adjustment which emanated from the  N30,000 new minimum wage has rejected the FGN's offer.

It would be recalled that the committee was inaugurated on May 14, and had not been able to meet the target of a four-week deadline  to submit its report.

But members of the committee met last week on two occasions with the enlarged membership collapsed into one technical committee of six members each from both sides.

According to a principal officer of Labour who spoke with The PUNCH, “We are monitoring the negotiations between our representatives and government. 

“There is likely to be some challenges which is normal. 

“The government negotiating team is looking at what the government can pay conveniently, but labour is also looking at what will be good for workers  to avoid a  situation where  workers found themselves when the minimum wage was last increased.

“What happened then was that government came up with a block figure and out of poor negotiations because of   insufficient time, a paltry sum was spread on workers’ salaries, translating into about N900 increase monthly.”

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