We Can Only Pay N22,500 As Minimum Wage – Governors Tell Workers.

MINIMUM WAGE: NACCIMA insists on N22,500, denies accepting N30,000.

Nigerian Chamber Of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), denies accepting N30,000, insists on N22,500.

Nigeria governors announced that state can only afford to raise the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N22,500 as against the N30,000 being demanded by labour.

The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress held nationwide peaceful protests to sensitize Nigerians to the plan national strike.

Both unions are demanding N30,000 and had ordered workers to go on strike from 6 November, if government refused to take a decisive action.

The threat of the workers have however forced the Governors to convene an emergency meeting.

NACCIMA has written to chairman of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee, denying ever accepting to pay N30,000 as the new minimum wage.

The letter addressed to Ms Ama Pepple reads:

“We refer to the media reports on the above stated national minimum wage figure and the proposed industrial actions by organised labour over a misconceived ‘agreement’ on the sum of N30,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

“We were perplexed to learn that the sum/agreement was an outcome of the workings of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage, which we are a member.

‘’At no time did NACCIMA agree to such a figure. Rather, the last figure offered by us as part of the organised private sector, OPS, was N22,000 and negotiation was still ongoing for the meeting to arrive at a consensus and not by moving a motion.

“We did not also authorize the representatives of Nigeria Employers Consultative Association, NECA, and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, to speak on our behalf. Recall that our members constitute about 50 percent of the employers in the OPS.

‘’Conversely, we do not want to speak for the thousands of employers in the informal economy whose voices have not been heard”

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