The 29-member committee set up by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is expected to begin sitting before the end of July with respect to the new National Minimum Wage, its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
“Before the end of this month, the process of discussions on a new minimum wage will commence,” Wabba said at an interactive forum organized in Lagos by the NLC to discuss challenges facing its affiliates.
Wabba said that the presidency was aware and had agreed that six people would represent the Federal Government in the committee.
“Employers’ body and state governors are also expected to send representatives,” he said.
The NLC President also said that the review of the minimum wage was long overdue, adding that workers had suffered much hardship due to Nigeria’s economic situation.
“Today, inflation is more than 16 per cent but salary has remained fixed for about six years.
“It means that workers are living in penury. We will ensure that the negotiation will end well,” he said.
Wabba said that achieving an improved income for workers was a collective struggle.
He urged workers, particularly union leaders, to be committed to it, adding that the organised labour would continue to protect workers’ rights.
It would be recalled, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have been agitating for review of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N56,000, due to the hardship faced by workers as a result of inflation.