Trade Union Congress rejects circular issued on the N30,000 minimum wage

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC), has rejected the circular issued by the Executive Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Mr. Richard Egbule, on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage, describing it as unacceptable.

Recall, that Egbule had said that the Federal Government will start the implementation of the new minimum wage with those workers with earnings below N30,000 per a month.

See: https://www.tostvnetwork. com/just-in-buhari-approves- the-immediate-implementation- of-the-n30000-minimum-wage/

Mr. Egbule reacting to the threat by the Public Service Workers Unions
to go on strike, over the delay in the payment of the new minimum wage, said that the position of the Federal Government is that the implementation of the new minimum wage will start with those presently earning below N30,000 as salary, and that others will follow after the conclusion of talks on the consequential adjustment.

Egbule said: “The salaries that are affected are those that are below
N30,000, as at April 18, 2019. Those that earn salaries above N30,000,
will have their salaries adjusted after the conclusion of
negotiations.”

However, in a statement issued on Thursday, July 18, by its President, Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, the TUC said that the Federal Government is playing smart to discourage Labour action.

“We have read with concern the circular released by Mr. Richard Egbule, the Executive Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Committee set up by the Federal Government to work out the consequential adjustment arising from the wage increase. Let it be known that this circular is unacceptable to us, because it contradicts the raison d’etre for
setting the Committee”, it said.

The TUC said that it considered the circular as a smart move on the part of government to discourage Labour action, adding that, “it is not fooled”.

It stated that it viewed the latest move as a betrayal of the trust reposed in the Federal Government.

“We wonder why anything that has Labour undertone becomes the issue of rejection by government. By this circular, the government is testing the patience of the workers, and we assure them that they either go to the negotiating table to complete the assignment, or risk the wrath of the workers.

“It will be recalled that recently the newly inaugurated Green and Red Chambers of the National Assembly, were showered with billions of naira, at a time government is playing games with the minimum wage”, the TUC said.

The Union added that Organised Labour should not be blamed for any consequential action arising from the non-implementation of the minimum wage, adding that: “To be fore warned, is to be fore-armed.”