Minimum Wage: Labour Optimistic as Negotiating Council Meets FG Today

  • Labour Union optimistic on implementation of the minimum wage.
  • Buhari assented the minimum wage bill in April.

Information reaching indicates that the organised labour and the Federal Government will today resume negotiation over the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

It could be recalled that the Labour Union through the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, has been negotiating with the Federal Government since June 6, 2019.

Speaking with Punch, the Secretary of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal said labour was optimistic that the meeting would spell a new direction towards ending the controversy surrounding negotiation.

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“We are hoping that we can see the end of the problems surrounding negotiation. We also call on workers to be patient.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, who signed the new minimum wage bill into law in April tghis year said that the signed minimum wage law takes effect from 18th of April, 2019.

According to the former Senior Special Assistant to the President National Assembly Liaison (Senate) Ita Enang, then  revealed that the law makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30,000 minimum and it excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers; persons who work in a ship which sails out of jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

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The new minimum wage law gives workers the right if they are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than N30,000, to sue your employer to recover the balance and authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister of labour, or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on their behalf take action in their name against such employer to recover the balance of your wages.

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