The federal government says the new minimum wage bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly on January the 23rd. Organised Labour was able to extract this commitment from the Federal Government, after three days of talks.
Correspondent Joke Adisa reports that after three days of talks, the federal government and organised labour have now come to an agreement on the specific date the proposed new minimum wage bill will be sent to the National Assembly.
The agreement, which led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding came after last Friday’s meeting which dragged on for hours and Monday’s four hour talks.
At the resumed meeting on Tuesday, both parties went straight to business and in no time, an agreement was reached.
Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige, is the leader of the government team. He expressed confidence the timeline set to table the bill before the Federal Executive Council, the National Economic Council, and the Council
of States, will be adhered to.
Organised labour said it has fought a good cause but believes the victory is not yet complete. Wabba says workers’ goal is the realisation of the implementation of N30,000 as new minimum wage.
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the minimum wage bill into law in 2016 after three years of struggles by organised labour.
The bill is renewable every five years and labour has been at the fore front of an upward review since 2016.[?]