Our demand may increase beyond N615,000 if inflation persists – NLC

Mr. Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has indicated that organised labour might push for a higher minimum wage than the initial N615,000 if inflationary pressures persist.

This statement was made during a visit to The Sun Publishing Limited in Ikeja.

Ajaero expressed concerns about the impact of inflation, increased tariffs, taxes, and the soaring cost of petrol on Nigerian workers’ purchasing power.

He emphasized that the current demand for N615,000 was based on independent research by the NLC and TUC, focusing on essential needs like food, clothing, healthcare, and education.

He criticized the government’s slow response to minimum wage discussions and highlighted the necessity for fair wages to sustain workers.

Ajaero also revealed that the Federal government has called for the reconvening of the tripartite committee on the National minimum wage.

Warning of potential industrial unrest if negotiations are not concluded promptly, Ajaero stressed the importance of finding a balance between workers’ needs and sustainable economic growth.

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