In a recent statement released on Monday night, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) criticized President Bola Tinubu’s assertion that the review of the minimum wage was imminent. The Congress pointed out that the review of the minimum wage is scheduled to commence in 2024, as mandated by the law. Additionally, the NLC expressed disappointment over the lack of cooperation and dialogue with members of the organized labor from the Tinubu administration.
The national president of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, signed the statement, expressing the labor union’s concerns. The NLC was disturbed by the apparent discrepancy between President Tinubu’s praise for the private sector in promptly implementing wage awards for their employees and the federal government’s failure to do the same for public workers. According to the Congress, this failure reflects a lack of adherence to the standards set by the government itself.
Furthermore, the NLC raised alarm over the current economic challenges faced by Nigerian workers, exacerbated by hyperinflation and the removal of the so-called petrol subsidy. The Congress questioned how workers would cope with these hardships until the scheduled minimum wage review in 2024.
Ajaero shed light on the negotiation process, revealing that the organized labor has been met with empty chairs on the federal government’s side during negotiations. The promised inauguration of the sub-committee on wage awards has not taken place, and thus, no meetings have been held.
The NLC’s statement emphasizes the urgency of addressing workers’ concerns and highlights the need for genuine commitment from the government to engage in constructive dialogue. With the economic hardships faced by the working class, the NLC calls on the government to act promptly in negotiating the minimum wage review and provide much-needed relief to Nigerian workers.
As the situation unfolds, the eyes of the labor force remain fixed on the government’s response, hoping for a positive and proactive approach to safeguard the welfare of workers across the nation.