FG Fixes Jan. 23 to Transmit New Minimum Wage Bill to NASS

The Federal Government on Tuesday fixed January 23 date to transmit the new national minimum wage bill to the National Assembly.
Ostensibly, this is a move aimed to stop the organised labour from starting a strike about a month before presidential election.
The decision to fix a date for the transmission came after three days of intensive meetings between the Federal Government and the orgainised labour.
The Federal Government has been slow on the labour’s demand for a new wage figure, refusing to commit to N30,000 recommended by a tripartite committee.
President Muhammadu Buhari had assured he would review the recommendation and send a bill backing a new wage figure to the National Assembly.
With the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliate unions threatening a protest and a nationwide strike, the government on Tuesday agreed to send the bill on January 23.
The labour unions agreed to the date, but warned it would not tolerate a breach.
The unions threatened the process will be reviewed with necessary action taken without reverting to the government.
The national President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, urged the government to keep to the date so that the process can be completed.
The NLC has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over a new minimum wage.
The NLC and other labour unions demand that the national minimum wage be increased to N30,000 from the current N18,000.

Author: News Editor

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