The organised labour has ahead of negotiation on the new national minimum wage, proposed a Living Minimum Wage of $300 (N436,500) for Nigerian Workers.
The current minimum wage of N30,000, it argued, had since been eroded by the high exchange rate, coupled with the abrupt removal of fuel subsidy which has translated into the high cost of living in the country hence the demand for a new wage.
Comrade Benjamin Anthony, Chairman, Trade Union Side, Joint Meeting of the National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), presented the position of organised labour on Tuesday at the 2023 meetings of the Separate and Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council held at Goshen City, Nasarawa State.
Anthony who was represented by Comrade Boma Mohammed, Secretary of the union, also frowned at the recent delays in payment of salaries by the Federal Government to workers, saying the trend must be stopped and avert the repeat of such, as the suffering in the land was already unbearable.
Said he: “There is no gainsaying that the cost of a bag of rice is far more than the so-called Minimum Wage, and to worsen the situation, the Government is not prompt in the payment of the collectively and freely agreed N35,000 Wage award.
“In light of the above, Labour has proposed a Living Wage of $300 (N436,500) for Nigerian Workers. This is due to the fall in the value of our currency, today if you carry N100,000 to the market you will come back with a leather bag of items.
“We call on Government to immediately pay the arrears of the N35,000 wage award along with the current and expedited action on the process of getting a new living wage to bring succour to the working class people”.