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The negative sides of labour’s wage struggle

October 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

It appears that Alex Gourevitch, Professor at Brown University, had the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), in mind, when he stated that; every liberal democracy recognizes that workers have the right to strike; that such right is protected in law and sometimes in the constitution itself. Yet, strikes according to him; poses serious problems for Read More

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Exposed! Daily upkeep of Prisoner in America, higher than Nigeria’s N30,000 new minimum wage – Minister

October 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

The sorry state of the Nigerian economy with attendant poverty ravaging   the largest percentage of  the populace , was brought to bear Friday, with submission by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola that the least daily upkeep spent on a prisoner in America is 31,000 in Naira equivalent,  as compared to N730 .00 budgeted for similar purpose in Nigeria. Aregbesola Read More

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Revealed! Day workers ‘ll receive new minimum wage … see breakdown of what FG/Labour finally agreed

October 18, 2019 Editor 0

The Federal government and the organised Labour at the early hours of Friday signed an agreement on the consequential adjustment of the N30, 000 national minimum wage.  Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who is the arbiter between the two parties said implementation of the agreed minimum wage would commence immediately in both public and private employment.  President Read More

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Strike: FG moves to stop Labour over minimum wage

October 12, 2019 Editor 0

The President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, on Friday said the Federal Government wanted an extension of ultimatum from organised labour in order to stop the looming minimum wage strike. The Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, which is representing labour unions in the negotiation for the total implementation of the new minimum wage, will Read More

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Minimum wage: Labour fires back at Timi Frank

October 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has advised Nigerian workers to shun remarks by Timi Frank, the former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC that labour leaders have compromised. The Chairman, Enugu State chapter of the Union, Mr. Chukwuma Igbokwe, told newsmen in Enugu on Friday that if government listened to Frank, it might spell doom for the country and could Read More

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FG issues fresh condition over new minimum wage

October 4, 2019 Editor 0

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, announced on Thursday that the Federal Government would have to lay off workers to be able to meet a wage bill of N580 billion needed to meet labour’s demand on the new wage. Ngige told labour leaders in Abuja that the sum was what would be needed by government to pay Read More

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Minimum wage: Uncertainty as Labour hands new ultimatum to FG

October 3, 2019 Editor 0

Organised Labour has given the Federal Government until October 16, 2019 to resolve all issues concerning the adjustment of salaries for the implementation of the minimum wage. Its leadership, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatened to call their members out for industrial action if the government failed to act at the expiration of Read More

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Minimum wage: NLC makes another declaration

September 23, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to inform workers in the country their position on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage instead of the delay currently being witnessed. The Labour union while describing the delay as deliberate and frustrating, noted that leaders of the union are having a difficult time to convince workers Read More

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Minimum wage: Again, FG fails to reach agreement with Labour… see areas of conflicts

September 16, 2019 Editor 0

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and the Representatives of the Federal Government have again failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustment for the implementation of the new minimum wage. Mr Alade Lawal, JNPSNC General Secretary, Trade Union Side, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the organised labour will decide on a next Read More

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Minimum wage: Enough is enough, labour tells FG, threatens nationwide strike

July 2, 2019 Editor 0

The trade union side of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) has commenced mobilisation of workers across the country over the federal government’s ‘unwillingness’ to implement the N30,000 national minimum wage signed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The workers accused the committee, set up early last month by the government to work out the consequential adjustments arising from the new national Read More

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FG ready to pay NYSC members new minimum wage – Minister

May 17, 2019 Editor 0

The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said that National Youth Service Corps members will now receive the new minimum wage as allowance. While speaking to the press on Thursday, the minister revealed the government’s effort to work on the modalities of the new minimum wage. “Apart from the increase of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000, there is Read More

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Umahi inaugurates committee on minimum wage

May 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Wednesday inaugurated a 20-man joint committee on the new national minimum wage. The governor while inaugurating the committee at the executive council chambers, Government House, Abakaliki said the state was likely to be the first in the federation to inaugurate such a committee. He charged them to put more effort on how to raise Read More

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Will verbal war scuttle minimum wage in Oyo?

May 8, 2019 Editorial III 0

The ceaseless verbal war on the New Minimum Wage between the outgoing and incoming administrations in Oyo state appears endless to the point that both sides seem to be on each other’s throat. AGBOOLA BAYO writes. The implementation of the newly-approved N30,000 minimum wage is, no doubt, a major issue in Oyo state considering the ongoing verbal war between the Read More

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N30, 000 minimum wage: NLC, govs settle for quick implementation

May 2, 2019 Editor 0

It was cheery news for workers across the country as state governors Wednesday expressed readiness to pay the N30, 000 minimum wage recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari. This was the major highlight of workers’ day, a day set aside by the United Nations Organisation to celebrate workers worldwide. The ceremony, which held in various parts of the Read More

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New minimum wage: Commendation pours in for Buhari

April 19, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammad Buhari has been commended for signing into law the National Minimum Wage Bill approving N30,000 for the least paid worker in the country. Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, stated this in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. Buhari on Thursday signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Read More

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Breaking: Buhari signs minimum wage into law

April 18, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law. The Senate had on March 19 passed the bill, approving N30,000 as the new national minimum wage. The House of Representatives had earlier  passed the bill before the National Assembly shut down its operations to enable lawmakers to participate in the 2019 general elections. Workers in the Federal Capital Read More

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N30,000 minimum wage: Reps in unity of purpose?

February 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

After much agitation and threats to shut down the economy by the organised labour, President Muhammadu Buhari finally transmitted a new national minimum wage Bill to the National Assembly. JOSHUA EGBODO in this piece tries to provide insight into why the lawmakers are out for a united outcome. Firstly, the House of Representatives in an unprecedented speed passed the Bill Read More

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Minimum wage versus micro wage earners

February 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

  The House of Representatives last week amended the Minimum Wage Bill and passed a uniform minimum wage of N30, 000 rather than the N27, 000 recommended by the Council of State and forwarded to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. After election campaigns, the Senate would almost certainly pass the bill the way the House of Representatives did Read More

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Labour to storm NASS Monday over minimum wage

January 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

  Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted that the National Assembly must do the needful by approving the N30, 000 national minimum wage, which is the product of the tripartite committee. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, who briefed newsmen after the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Congress in Abuja on Friday, said NLC would mobilise Read More

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Breaking: Reps pass Minimum wage bill for second reading

January 24, 2019 Editor 0

The new national minimum wage has received a boost, as it scaled second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Bill which was introduced for first reading through a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, who read same to members, was expeditely slated for second reading, with majority members however opting for Read More

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Breaking: Senate ‘dumps’ 2019 budget, face Minimum wage

January 24, 2019 Editor 0

Despite having 2019 budget still begging for attention after it was submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate has suspended its rules by evoking order 79 to give the new Minimum Wage (amendments) Bill an accelerated consideration. No sooner had the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter announcing the transmission of the bill to the National Read More