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Minimum Wage: TUC asks government to pay 5 months arrears

Meeting between Labour and FG

The Trade Union Congress on Monday called on the Federal Government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage from April 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law.

The FG and the labour had few days ago reached an agreement on the minimum wage and the percentage increase for workers 5 months after it was signed into law.

“We wish to advise that since the 2019 National Minimum Wage was signed into Law by Mr President on April 18, 2019, the implementation should start from that date so as not to trigger another avoidable round of agitation by public service employees and their trade unions,” Anchaver Simon, the acting Chairman of the TUC, and Alade Lawal, the Secretary of the TUC, said.

“We are also glad that the government has taken note of the need for a general salary review in the public service.  We are looking forward to this review and we hope that the Federal Government will keep to its promise which was made during the negotiation of consequential adjustments,” the union added.

The union further warned that an action would be taken if any worker was paid below the new wage structure.

They also expressed gratitude to the FG, Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity; Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Head of the Service of the Federation; and other stakeholders for their commitment in resolving the issue.

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