We’ll not extend ultimatum on minimum wage – Labour

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The organised labour has said that the 14-day ultimatum it gave the Federal Government from September 12, to implement the new minimum wage will not be reversed or extended.
It stated this in reaction to a directive by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, asking the New Minimum Wage Committee to adjourn indefinitely to enable him to make further consultation with the government.
The minister’s pronouncement came at a time the committee was finalising its work of arriving at a definite figure for submission to the government.
Speaking with our correspondent on the development, the President, United Labour
Congress, Joe Ajaero, stated, “We cannot and we will not reverse ourselves on the actions we have taken so far to ensure that the rights of Nigerian workers are protected. Some have asked us to extend the date, but such will not happen.”
Ajaero noted that the organised labour viewed Ngige’s latest pronouncement with suspicion, saying, “This new antic certainly is not acceptable to Nigerian workers who have been expecting a new national minimum wage since 2016, but who out of uncommon sacrifice and patriotism hearkened to government’s appeal and the process was delayed.”

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