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Minimum wage: NLC reacts to reduction in the proposed wage

We reported earlier that the National Council of State has finally approved a new minimum wage, raising it from the previous N18,000 to N27,000 for the least paid.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has now rejected the N27,000 new National Minimum Wage adopted by the National Council of State on Tuesday.

Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, the NLC General Secretary, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

The N27,000 approved by the Council of State is N3,000 short of the N30,000 the Tripartite Committee on Review of National Minimum Wage recommended.

The National Council of State also approved the transmission of the National minimum wage bill to the National Assembly.

But, reacting, Ozo-Ezon said the council has no jurisdiction determining another amount after a Tripartite Committee has submitted its report.

“It is abysmal of government to be delaying the submission of an Executive Bill to the National Assembly and by wrongfully adopting N27,000 through the council of states,” he said.

“This is because workers should not be held responsible for any development after its NEC meeting on Friday,’’ he said.

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