The Federal Government has revealed on Monday that there are plans in place to increase the N30,000 minimum wage. The minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, made this known in Abuja on Monday during the Nigeria Labour Congress Public President Titled, “Contemporary history of working-class struggle”.
According to him, the increase is necessary in the light of inflation raving the world. He said, “The inflation is worldwide, we shall adjust the minimum wage in conformity with what is happening now. The 2019 Minimum Wage Act has a new clause for a review. The adjustment has started with the Academic Staff Union of University because the stage they are with their primary employers, Ministry of Education, is a collective bargaining agreement negotiations.”
“Under the principles of offer and acceptance, which is that of collective bargaining, ASUU can look at the offer they gave us and make a counter offer, but they have not done that. If they do that, we are bound to look at their offer. These are the ingredients of collective negotiations.”
He further that, “If you don’t work, you won’t eat,” adding that labour provided the riches of any nation as well as the prosperity of every family. He also admonished affiliate union executives of the Nigerian Labour Congress to get acquainted with labour laws.