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Thursday, April 18, 2024

South-East NLC, TUC demand N540,000, N447,000 as new minimum wage for workers 

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Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC in the South-East have demanded N540,000 and N447,000, respectively, as new minimum wage for civil servants.

The unions made the demand on Thursday during the South-East Zonal hearing organised by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage in Enugu State.

Representing the NLC in the region, Comrade Fabian Nwigbo, the Chairman, NLC Enugu State Chapter, opined that the value of N30,000 minimum wage which came into effect in 2019 had been eroded by inflation.

According to him, considering what is going on in the country, one should not be talking about N30,000 minimum wage anymore.

Describing the situation as very “unfortunate”, Nwagbo added that Nigerian workers are allegedly the least paid in the entire West African countries.

He said, “For us, we want to propose based on the prices of commodities in Nigeria. In 2019 when we had N30, 000 minimum wage, a paint bucket of garri was N280, rice and beans were about N450 each while fuel was N145.

“This has continued to subsist till today where a litre of fuel is now N750 to N800 depending on the location.

“In the current state, a paint bucket of rice is over N4000 and garri N2,500.

“While a two bedroom flat in Enugu that used to be N250, 000-N300,000 is over N650,000 at the suburb and in the city it stands at N1.2 million yearly”.

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