FG's Panel on Minimum Wage Begins Talks - aksu360


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The 15-man committee inaugurated by the Federal Government on the implementation of the new minimum wage for workers has started sitting.

Mr Chris Onyedika, acting general secretary of a faction of the NLC and a member of the 15-man committee, confirmed that it had started deliberations on the agreement reached between the Federal Government and factions of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in May, this year.

“The 15-man committee will review the Federal Government’s liberalisation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, leading to the new fuel pump price of N145 per litre.

“The committees will discuss and recommend a new national minimum wage, the N500 billion palliatives being proposed by the Federal Government and the re-constitution of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency Board, among other issues, before presenting its recommendations to government,” Onyedika said.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), the two central labour organisations in the country have proposed N56, 000 as the national minimum wage to the Federal Government, as against the current N18,000.

The National Minimum Wage Law, which prescribed N18,000, was enacted in 2011.

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