Dayo Awoniyi :
In an attempt to suspend the planned strike by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, the Union leader said Federal Government should peg minimum wage at one million naira.
Joe Ajaero, the president of NLC asserted in an interview on Arise Television. He said the proposed minimum wage is imperative in order to meet the current economy reality of Nigeria.
He further said that the effect of constant rise in dollar to naira makes increase in minimum wage inevitable. He as well said the initial proposed N200,000 minimum wage is no longer tenable, because of the astronomical rise in price of foot items and inflation that is biting harder.
Ajaero, disclosed that Labour will meet with Federal Government to discuss the plan around the strike notice, issued by NLC and TUC.
“You will agree that a bag of rice is about N60,000 to N70, 000. Foodstuff is getting out of reach. Now, we will get a minimum wage that is sufficient for transportation even for one week?
“We have to factor these issues and that will determine the federal government’s commitment to these negotiations” Ajaero stated.
It could be recall that NLC issued a 14 days ultimatum for FG, on 9th of February to meet some of their demands or they will embark on nation wide strike.