Minimum wage: Don’t insist on N30,000, Presidency warns Labour

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Femi Adesina

The Presidency has called on the labour unions in the country not to insist on N30,000 as the new minimum wage, arguing that it is not feasible.

It said if the states could not pay N18,000, it was apparent that it would not be able to pay the N30,000 the Nigerian workers were insisting on.

The Presidency spoke against the backdrop of the plan by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to embark on indefinite strike on November 6 to ensure the payment of the new minimum wage.

The position of the Presidency was made known on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

Adesina spoke on a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, on Thursday.

“If they can’t pay N18, 000 and labour is asking for N30, 000 and they refuse to come lower, there may be a stalemate which will not be good for the country.

“I think in the spirit of negotiation, labour should not insist on N30,000,” he said.

He stated that the reduction in the salaries of the political class would not make any difference.

According to him, apart from members of the National Assembly, other public office holders were not earning outrageous incomes.

It would be recalled the labour unions are insisting that the Federal Government should pay N30,000 as the new minimum wage.

Stating that that was the amount agreed to at the tripartite meeting held over the new minimum wage, it said the information that N24,000 was the amount agreed on was incorrect.

It said except the government approved the N30,000 as agreed upon at the meeting, it would embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.