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Don’t forward your minimum wage to NASS without consulting us – Labour warns FG

The Organized Labour have cautioned President Bola Tinubu against submitting a final figure for the new minimum wage to the National Assembly without consulting the union.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), stressed that workers would demand payment of minimum wage arrears, no matter how long it takes to sign the new minimum wage into law.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero and his TUC counterpart from Festus Osifo, stated this on Thursday on the sideline of the ongoing International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ajaero said he expects Tinubu to invite tripartite bodies for a meeting where the ability to pay will be discussed, before arriving at a final figure.

He said; “We do not expect the President to present a final figure to the National Assembly without consulting with organised labour, employers, and state governors. Everyone will still come together to discuss before transmission to the National Assembly.”

Meanwhile, this is coming after President Tinubu said the Federal Government will approve a new minimum wage that Nigeria can afford given its economic challenges.

He made this disclosure on Wednesday night while speaking at a dinner to celebrate Nigeria’s Democracy Day in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Tinubu thanked those who stood by him over the years, promising Nigerians that he won’t depart from the tenets of democratic governance.

The president said; “I have to celebrate with you my dear brother, Senate President, Deputy Senate President. The minimum wage is going to be what Nigerians can afford, what you can afford and what I can afford. Cut your coat according to your size, if you have size at all.”

Furthermore, Tinubu pledged to bring down the prices of food items by tackling the menace of banditry that has forced many farmers away from their farms.