The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday, increased the national minimum wage demand from N30,000 to N66,500, in what seemed like a direct reaction to the Nigeria Governors’ resolution to pay N22, 500 as minimum wage after its emergency meeting on Tuesday.
According to the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar in a statement on Tuesday, the governor’s had agreed to pay a national minimum wage of N22,500.
Today, the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in a press conference held in Abuja, said the NGF was not known to law and is thus an illegal body.
“The demand of Organised Labour is not N30,000; our demand is N66,500,” Wabba said at the conference.
However, it was learnt on Wednesday morning that Bayelsa State has agreed to pay the NLC’s initial N30,000 demand according to Wellington Obiri, Head of Civil Service, Bayelsa State who revealed the government’s commitment to the leaders of the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) who had staged a peaceful protest to the Government House, Yenagoa, on Tuesday.
Obiri said, “I want to assure Bayelsa workers that government is in support of your quest for minimum wage. The N30,000 minimum wage will be implemented by the state government.
The NLC and other labour unions had earlier threatened to commence strike by November 6 if the government does not accept the N30,000 minimum wage.
“We wish to reiterate our position adopted at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of 23rd October, 2018 that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted by us.
“We call on our members to continue to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018, if by then necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee,” Wabba said.