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Nigeria Labour Congress issues ultimatum on seven key demands ahead of May Day

From Minimum Wage to Security: NLC Sets Agenda for Federal Government in Anticipation of Workers' Day

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In the anticipation of the upcoming Workers’ Day on May 1, 2024, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has unveiled a set of seven critical demands aimed at the Federal Government. Among these demands, besides the long-debated issue of a revised minimum wage, is a fervent call for the establishment of state and local government police forces to combat the escalating insecurity plaguing the nation.

The Congress, representing the backbone of the workforce, emphasized the necessity for all tiers of government, including the private sector, to enforce the new minimum wage universally once ratified. This proclamation underscores the paramount importance of fair remuneration and equitable labor practices.

This year’s Workers’ Day assumes heightened significance, with speculations rife that President Bola Tinubu might unveil the proposed minimum wage during the commemoration. The expected announcement follows a protracted period of deliberations, culminating in a tentative figure of N615,000 per month, as disclosed by a source within the National Executive Council of the Trade Union Congress.

The expiration of the existing N30,000 minimum wage, established five years ago under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, underscores the urgency of reaching a consensus. The tripartite committee, in adherence to International Labour Organization standards, has been tasked with brokering a new agreement. This committee, comprising representatives from government, organized labor, and the private sector, is mandated to navigate the complexities of wage negotiations and ensure a fair outcome.

However, the road to consensus has been fraught with challenges, including delays in committee formation and concerns over inflation and economic hardship expressed by labor representatives. Despite assurances from government officials regarding progress in fulfilling prior agreements, tensions remain palpable amidst the backdrop of economic uncertainty and social unrest.

As the clock ticks closer to Workers’ Day, the spotlight intensifies on the government’s response to the NLC’s demands. With issues ranging from wage disparity to security lapses at the forefront, the outcome of negotiations will not only shape the future of labor relations but also reverberate across the socio-political landscape of Nigeria.

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