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MINIMUM WAGE: Labour fumes over FG’s denial, insists on N30,000 or strike

MINIMUM WAGE: Labour fumes over FG’s denial, insists on N30,000 or strike
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The denial by the Federal Government that President Muhammadu Buhari was yet to approve N30,000 as new minimum wage has got Organised Labour fuming.

The group vowed to embark on strike should President Buhari fail to approve and implement the N 30,000 minimum wage recommended by the tripartite committee.

Chairman of the tripartite committee, Amal Pepple, had on Tuesday presented a recommendation of the committee to Buhari for approval.

She had disclosed that the committee recommended that the national minimum wage be improved from N18,000 monthly to N30,000, adding that the committee also drafted a bill that the Federal Government would send to the National Assembly to effect the change.

It was widely reported on Tuesday that Buhari accepted the report and endorsed the recommendation of N30,000 as the new minimum wage.

But the Presidency later that same day denied the claim, saying that Buhari was yet to approve the recommendation.

Ascertaining the claim by the Presidency, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday said the N30,000 recommendation for new minimum wage was still a mere recommendation and had not been approved.

Mohammed made this known to State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

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But responding, the general secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Musa Lawal said:

“They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30,000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do.”

 

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