The Federal Government of Nigeria and Organised Labour may be heading for a major showdown. And very soon too.
This, of course, is because of the the inability of the two of them to reach an amicable compromise on the National Minimum Wage for Nigerian workers.
While the former is maintaining that an agreement hasn’t yet been reached on the agreed sum to be paid, the latter is maintaining that both bodies had settled for N30,000, which was also suggested by the Ama Pepple-led tripartite committee which just handed over their report to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Controversy, it would be recalled, has been trailing the agreed sum, which The Presidency described on Thursday, November 8, 2018 as unnecessary and totally uncalled for.
But reacting to the development, the General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Musa Lawal, said Organised Labour shelved its earlier planned strike because the government had expressed its willingness to accept the report of the tripartite committee.
Adding that, “They can say anything they want to say.
“Why were they panicky before?
“Why did they agree to the N30,000?
“They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it, but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do.”
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, meanwhile, has said that only five percent of the states could pay the suggested N30,000.
In a swift response, however, many Nigerians have suggested that government officials reduce their emoluments and entitlements so as to cope.
“They can’t be living like kings and expect us to continue to live like paupers, moreso when they don’t work harder than us”, one worker told YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine.
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