Public hearing: NLC insists on ?30,000 as new minimum wage

The Nigerian Labour Congress says the thirty thousand Naira Minimum Wage agreed by the tripartite meeting on the minimum wage is non- negotiable.

The union also rejected the threshold of thirty thousand Naira Minimum wage for only workers at the lowest step of ladder but rather to affect all workers in Nigeria without any distinction.

National President of the Union, Ayuba Wabba, stated this while making presentation at the Public Hearing on the National Minimum Wage Bill 2019.

Mr. Wabba said the twenty seven naira contained in the bill was a breach of confidence as well as all International Labour Laws and that the agreed minimum wage will be to all workers in the country.

Mr. Wabba also demanded an increase in the fine on defaulters from five to seventy five thousand naira per employee, review of the law in every four years as well as a recognized body responsible for the review.

The Minister of Labor, Senator Chris Ngige in his presentation said the twenty seven thousand Naira proposed in the bill was to ensure sustainability in the payment.

The Speaker Yakubu Dogara in his remark said the workers demand a living wage not a minimum wage given the importance of worker’s welfare to the sustenance of democracy.

Speaker Dogara also said the House was committed to considering as well as the possible passage of the bill if the adhoc committee was able to lay its report before the House on Tuesday.

The Speaker noted that the two focal points that must be given priority by government are poverty and corruption because while the former, caused mainly by underemployment and unemployment, is a threat to democracy, the latter fundamentally undermines democratic institutions and values.

Mr. Dogara, therefore, proposed for a more reasonable living wage that will not only provide for basic needs of the workers but also enable them to make provisions for themselves that will lift them out of poverty and lead to a reduction in corruption.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Suleiman Lasun advocated for a holistic approach to the minimum wage in the country.

The Public hearing, aimed at obtaining public input on the bill followed the passing for second reading on the bill submitted to the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Source: Voice of Nigeria