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Labour wants Buhari to break stalemate on minimum wage

by CredibleNews

Organised labour unions have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene to break the stalemate over the N30,000 new minimum wage. Labour and government are yet to agree over the increamental rates in implementing new minimum wage.

Negotiation are on-going and will resume next week.

The labour unions had insisted on their demands while government negotiators refused to improve on their proposals.

Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Richard Egbule, said labour’s demands would significantly increase the total wage bill, hence government would not accept its proposed salary adjustments.

Responding to the claim, Secretary of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal said government “is trying to force labour to accept its proposal,” adding that such would only make workers poorer.

President Buhari had signed the new minimum wage bill into law in April but its implementation has been stalled over disagreements between the unions and government representatives.

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