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We’ll Only Accept Workable New Minimum Wage, Says NLC Faction

Posted: May 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



The Joe Ajaero-led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said on Wednesday that labour would not sign any agreement on a new minimum wage if it was not implementable.

Ajaero stated this at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, while explaining the terms his group had reached with the Federal Government following the recent withdrawal of subsidy on petrol.

The subsidy withdrawal has resulted in the increase of the cost of petrol from N87 per litre to N145 per litre.

According to the NLC factional leader, the ability to pay the proposed new wage is the purpose of any minimum wage agreement, stressing that no labour leader will sign an agreement that was unrealistic.

“If the government comes out with its position, we, the labour movement can crosscheck and counter it, if necessary, before the agreement is signed,” Ajaero said.

He said that the minimum wage was a proposal based on the economic index, which could force the government to reduce its workforce, if necessary.

Ajaero said that there would be a sub-committee to look into an increase in wages for the manufacturing sector, to enable it to cater for the welfare of employees in the sector.

He also said that only the board of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had the prerogative to fix the prices of petroleum products.

“Even if Organised Labour and Nigerians were able to compel the government to reduce the N145 petrol price to N50 per litre, it would have been illegal,” he noted.

Also speaking, Mr Igwe Achese, president, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), stressed the need for the country to build new refineries.

He called on government to ensure that existing refineries were fixed to enable them perform optimally and pave the way for an end to importation of petroleum products.

According to him, labour will ensure that the N5 trillion palliatives promised by the federal government are implemented, to alleviate the pains of Nigerians from the withdrawal of subsidy.