Minimum Wage: FG proposes N24k; states N20k; NLC wants N30k

The Minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige, says the FG, after consultations, proposed N24,000 as the new minimum wage for civil servants.

The minister, on Wednesday, said when the tri-partite committee discussing the demand for new minimum wage, reconvened on October 5, after the NLC had called off its nationwide strike,“ the organised labour came down to N30,000, the organised private sector came down to N25,000.”

He also said the FG had to consult with the 36 state governors. After the consultations, he said, the FG proposed N24,000 while governors proposed N20,000.

Ngige revealed that the government is therefore still consulting and negotiations is ongoing.

He added that, in accordance with Convention 131 of International Labour Organisation, the most important thing to consider in fixing the new minimum wage is the ability to pay.

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