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Our Proposed N200,000 Minimum Wage No Longer Realistic – NLC

Posted by Samuel on Wed 31st Jan, 2024 - tori.ng

NLC Vice President, Tommy Etim, spoke while reacting to Tuesday’s inauguration of the Minimum Wage Committee by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has acknowledged that the initially proposed N200,000 minimum wage to the Federal Government is no longer deemed realistic given the current economic situation in Nigeria.

NLC Vice President, Tommy Etim, spoke while reacting to Tuesday’s inauguration of the Minimum Wage Committee by Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Shettima inaugurated the committee at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

However, Etim said: “You are aware that when we opted for the N200,000, the socio-economic challenges were not as biting as they are now.

“And when you now look at the exchange rate, it was not what it is now. The naira rate has not been devalued as it is now. So, N200,000 is no longer tenable.

“We are not going there with a fixed amount, but definitely not N200,000. By the time we get there, we will decide based on the socio-economic situation.

“That’s what we are going to base our national minimum wage discussion and negotiation on.”



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