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NLC seeks annual review of minimum wage

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……NLC seeks annual review of minimum wage

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to consider annual review of national minimum wage because of inflationary trend and value of Naira.

NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, made the call in Abuja at the 2nd National Labour Adjudication and Arbitration Forum, organised by the National Employers Consultative Association (NECA).

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the theme of the forum is “Strengthening Tripartitism and Social Dialogue (including alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms) for a Sustainable Industrial Relations System in Nigeria.

Ajaero said government should have a rethink on the five year cycle of minimum wage because it was not favourable to the Nigerian workers.

According to him, no matter the amount negotiated, it would have been eaten up by inflation before the end of the five year cycle.

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“There is a need to tinker with the law providing for five yearly renegotiation of national minimum wage to allow for yearly adjustment of wages based on the rate of inflation and value of the Naira.

“This is important because people have been coming up to say that if we increase salaries, it will affect inflation.

However, we cannot leave salary to be constant while other variables continue to grow,’’ he said.

Ajaero said workers were displeased with the poor implementation of the N35,000 wage award by the federal government.

The NLC president added that most federal government workers were yet to receive their January salary.

He therefore called on the government to expedite the implementation of the 16 points agreement reached with organised labour to cushion the effects the fuel subsidy removal.

Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, commended NECA for collaborating with the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to organise the forum.

She said the forum would foster dialogue among stakeholders and promote peaceful industrial relations.

Sen. Dike Plang, Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity said event was apt and critical to the sustainable industrial relations in Nigeria.

The lawmaker assured that the national assembly would ensure comprehensive review and amendment of existing labour laws to conform to international labour standards.

He also commended President Bola Tinubu for constituting the tripartite committee on the review of minimum wage for workers.

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