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New minimum wage: Labour reverts to N66,500



Govs insensitive – Ngige
Osinbajo, economic team meet

 A NEW twist emerged yesterday in the protracted new national minimum wage face-off between workers and governments at all levels, with organised labour disowning moves by state governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to peg new minimum wage at N22, 500 and vowed to revert to their previous demand of N66,500.
President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Abuja, adding that workers’ agitation for N30,000 came on at the end of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee meeting as a product of compromise that was brokered to make labour drop the initial demand of N66,500.
According to him, 21 states responded through proper memoranda at the initial stage of the negotiation and even quoted the figures, stressing that the on-going ding dong is uncalled for.
Meanwhile, Federal Government has rejected the N22,500 minimum wage proposal by state governors, describing it as insensitive.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this known during an audience phone-in television programme, saying that governors have not done enough regarding workers’ new wage.
However, members of the Economic Management Team again met at Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presiding to iron out some grey hairs still standing on the new national minimum wage.
Although details are still sketchy, there are indications that the emergency session was convened as a last minute move to avert total shutdown of the economy that may follow, should organised labour go ahead with an industrial action planned to commence indefinitely from November 6.
The Osinbajo-led team had earlier met on Monday to tinker with the controversial issue.

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