NLC and TUc labour strike

Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has urged organized labour to show consideration and patriotism in their demands for a new national minimum wage.

The appeal was made in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Olajide Oshundun, in Abuja.

At a negotiation meeting of the Tripartite Committee on the Minimum Wage, the Federal Government proposed N60,000 as the new minimum wage, while Organized Labour put forward N494,000.

Onyejeocha emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring a fair and realistic wage for Nigerian workers.

She also reminded labour that the country’s economy is still recovering from the impact of the pandemic and other economic challenges.

“We appeal to organized labour and other relevant stakeholders to be considerate and patriotic in their demands, recognizing that our economy is still recovering from the devastating effects of the pandemic and other global economic shocks.

“We are committed to putting the people first and ensuring that our economic policies benefit all Nigerians, not just a select few.

“The government remains dedicated to prioritizing the well-being of our citizens, and it wants to urge all relevant parties to demonstrate patriotism and understanding.

“This is particularly during this critical period when the President, Bola Tinubu, is working diligently to revitalize the economy,” she said.

The minister, therefore, said the government recognized that Nigerians’ economic challenges were complex and multifaceted and called for the collective effort of all stakeholders to overcome them.

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