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Nigerian govt considers salary increment for workers

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The Federal Government has disclosed that a possible rise in the salaries of civil servants is likely following the current inflation.

The government agreed with the organised labour on the need to consider a pay rise since inflation has eroded the purchasing powers of workers who are currently on N30 minimum wage.

Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this during a speech at the public presentation of a compendium of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at 40 publication titled: “Contemporary history of working class struggles,” in Abuja on Monday.

The Minister said the increment had become necessary in order to reflect the global reality.

“The inflation is worldwide, we shall adjust the minimum wage in conformity with what is happening and much more important, the 2019 Minimum Wage Act has a new clause for a review.

“That adjustment has started with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because the stage they are with their primary employers, the ministry of education, is a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), negotiations,” Ngige said.

The Minister added: “Under the principles of offer and acceptance, which is that of Collective Bargaining, ASUU can say let’s look at the offer they gave us and make counter offer, but they have not done that, if they do that, we are bound to look at their offer, these are the ingredients of collective negotiations.”

He noted that labour created the wealth of any nation as well as the wealth of any family, adding that “if you don’t work, you won’t eat.”

President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo noted that Nigerian workers have been subjugated and oppressed by the ruling class.

He lamented that the current minimum wage of N30, 000 couldn’t in the present economic reality pay workers transportation fare to work for a month.

“The value of the N30, 000 minimum wage has been eroded. It cannot take workers to work again,” he said.

Osifo, who noted that the labour movement in the country was one with the sole aim to protect the interest of workers, stressed that if not for the struggle of the founding fathers of the movement in the country, the story would have been different today.

The TUC boss also told the government to always respect agreement.

Former National President of NLC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole advised labour to interrogate those fighting to be president in the 2023 elections on their plans concerning the economy.

He blamed governors who failed to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage because of a lack of funds.

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