NLC offers a status report on the quest for better working conditions for Nigerian workers in the context of the new minimum wage

Nigeria Labour Congress’ Commitment to Workers’ Welfare

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has affirmed its unwavering commitment to advocating for improved living conditions for workers, asserting that it will persist in its struggle with both the government and employers of labor.

Anticipation of a New Minimum Wage

Expressing optimism, the NLC believes that the eagerly awaited new minimum wage holds the potential to enhance the working and living conditions of Nigerian workers.

This optimism comes in the midst of challenges triggered by the removal of fuel subsidies, further underscoring the pressing need for positive changes.

Formalizing the Minimum Wage Committee

Benson Upah, the head of information and public affairs at NLC, shared these insights during a recent discussion with Leadership.

He revealed that the NLC is eagerly awaiting the government’s formal constitution of the new minimum wage committee.

In the interim, the NLC has proactively submitted a list of its members to be included in the tripartite committee.

Unfulfilled Agreements and Ongoing Struggles

Looking back to October 2023, labor unions, including the NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), entered into a 15-point agreement with the federal government to alleviate the hardships resulting from fuel subsidy removal.

However, as of now, several items outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, such as the monthly payment of the N35,000 wage award to workers, remain unimplemented, raising concerns about the government’s commitment to its promises.

Commitment Amidst Challenges

Despite the delays and challenges faced in the implementation of agreements, Benson Upah emphasized that the NLC remains resolute in prioritizing the welfare and living standards of Nigerian workers.

He stated unequivocally that the NLC continues to actively engage in the struggle for better working conditions and improved living standards, reinforcing their dedication to the cause.

Awaiting Government Action

In closing, Upah highlighted the NLC’s proactive stance in sending the list of representatives to the government, underscoring their eagerness for the formal establishment of the Minimum Wage Committee.

This underscores the NLC’s determination to actively contribute to the shaping of policies that directly impact the lives of workers, embodying their commitment to the ongoing struggle for a better future.

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