Talks With FG Conclude Today as Labour Leaders Return from Geneva

The long-awaited negotiations between the Nigerian government and labour unions over a new national minimum wage are set to conclude today, as labour leaders return from an international conference in Geneva.

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had proposed a minimum wage of 250,000 naira ($540 USD) per month, a significant increase from the current 30,000 naira ($65 USD) minimum.

NLC President Joe Ajaero and other senior union representatives attended a labour conference hosted by the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The labour leaders are now set to convene a National Executive Council meeting to decide on their next steps, taking into account any proposal from President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The labour unions had previously set a Monday deadline for finalizing the minimum wage discussions. A failure to reach an agreement could potentially trigger nationwide strikes and protests by Nigerian workers.

The outcome of these high-stakes negotiations will have major implications for Nigeria’s economic and political landscape. With inflation and the cost of living continuing to rise, labour unions are demanding a minimum wage that provides a decent standard of living for Nigerian workers and their families.

As the talks reach a pivotal moment, all eyes will be on the Nigerian government and labour movement to see if they can find a compromise that meets the needs of workers while also considering the country’s broader economic challenges.

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