The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have presented N56, 000 as the new minimum wage to the Federal Government.
The current national minimum wage is N18, 000.
This was revealed by the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, during a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Wabba, both the NLC and the TUC made the formal demand to the Federal Government on Tuesday.
Wabba said, “I can say authoritatively that as at yesterday, we have made a formal demand of N56, 000 minimum wages to government. That demand has been submitted officially to the federal government.
“We hope for the tripartite system to look at the review that will be put in place. Our argument is that, yes it’s true that the economy is not doing well, but the law is also clear that this issue must be looked into. And workers should not be seen to be sleeping on their rights.
“These are processes, but when we come to the round table, we can then see the best way out. But I think it is obvious that since it is a product of law, it is usually required that the tripartite process be put in place so that together we can look at the issues.
“It is obvious that the workers have not fared well in the last one year, but we will not continue to lament. What we will do is to work out a process of engagement on how those issues can be addressed,” he said.
“Economies will always go up and down. We are passing through a very turbulent time. The issue of minimum wage is not essentially for now; it’s an issue we must take on board if we want to address the issue of corruption. Without taking proper care of the worker, it is very difficult. That is why I said it’s a process and we are going to dialogue around that process. That is why collective bargaining is important,” Wabba added.