House of Representatives Statement on Minimum Wage Dispute

The House of Representatives acknowledges the recent strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the breakdown in minimum wage negotiations. The House is pleased that the strike has been suspended for one week to allow for further talks.

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The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, has consistently advocated for a living wage and improved working conditions for Nigerian workers. The House supports the call for better wages, but cautions that increasing the minimum wage beyond what the economy can sustain could lead to unintended consequences like inflation and job losses.

The House expressed concern over the disruptive nature of the strike, including the shutdown of critical infrastructure like the national grid, which constitutes economic sabotage. The House believes the manner in which the strike was conducted lacked empathy for ordinary Nigerians.

The House also addressed persistent misinformation about lawmakers’ earnings, stating that the Legislature is on the side of Nigerians and will continue to act in their best interests. The 10th House is committed to strengthening legislation to ensure essential services remain operational during future strikes.

The House urges the Labour leadership to return to the negotiation table in good faith to achieve a balanced and sustainable outcome. The People’s House remains steadfast in its commitment to the wellbeing of Nigerian workers and the country’s overall development.

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