The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday, said it has not started talks with the federal government on the new national minimum wage, dismissing speculations that discussions on new national minimum wage had collapsed.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of the NLC made the development known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. According to thim, the government has been evading talks about the issue.
“Up till now, government is still dragging its feet on talks about the minimum wage; the tripartite structure has not been put in place,” he said.
“The point we are making is that we have only agreed on the structure, but the structure has not been formed,” he said.
“We have agreed on the membership and the structure of the negotiating team which is going to be tripartite, so this is the point that we are now.
“But at the last meeting of the tripartite team which was held a day after the Sallah break, it was agreed that at the next meeting, all these issues will be sorted out.
“What happened was that government could not form a quorum at the last meeting of the palliative.”
Wabba added that apart from the minister of labour and secretary to the government of the federation, officials of key ministries were absent.
“Legitimately, we have a demand that is still pending with them including that of minimum wage and the palliative; therefore at the next meeting, I am certain that we will give government notice.”
Asked if the government was reluctant in setting up a team for the implementation of the minimum wage, Wabba said he would not speak for the government.
“Well, I can`t speak on the side of the government, but we are committed in making our demand, it is left for them to tell Nigerians whether they are committed to it or not,” he said.
The Wabba faction of the NLC had put forward a demand of “N56, 000 as a realistic minimum wage,” while that of Joe Ajaero is asking for N90, 000 as minimum wage. The government has proposed N45, 000.