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‘Workers running out of patience over new minimum wage’

Barely two weeks after submitting a committee report on the mew minimum wage to President Muhammadu Buhari, labour chiefs restated yesterday that workers were running out of patience with government over its slow action on the issue.

On November 5, Buhari received the report of a tripartite committee he set up since last November to fashion out a new minimum wage for workers.

Nigerian workers have been voicing their frustrations over what they describe as the peanuts paid to public sector workers in a country where political office holders, including members of the parliament, receive some of the biggest pay checks in the world.

Speaking in an interview with The Nation reporter in Lagos, the labour leaders vowed that there would be neither retreat nor surrender in the resolve of labour to ensure that workers were paid N30,000 as minimum wage.

The Secretary-General of the Trade Union Congress, Mr Musa Lawal, said that labour would not accept any sum less than what was agreed on by the committee.

The Nation, November 17, 2018

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