BREAKING; Labour reacts as Presidency says FG can’t pay more than 100k as Minimum Wage 

BREAKING; Labour reacts as Presidency says FG can’t pay more than 100k as Minimum Wage

Abuja: Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has berated the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, over his recent claims that both the federal and state governments will not be able to pay public servants N100, 000 or more National Minimum Wage.

TUC in a statement said besides lacking knowledge about minimum wage, Mr Onanuga was not only speculative by his claims but insensitive and indicative of his disconnect from the realities faced by millions of hardworking individuals striving to make ends meet

TUC in a statement by its Secretary General, Nuhu Toro, while reacting to comments credited to the Presidential aide on Monday, among others, said “Such speculative statements undermine the fundamental principles of fair compensation and perpetuate the cycle of economic inequality. President Tinubu’s government owes workers a duty to advocate for policies that promote decent wages and ensure a reasonable standard of living for all citizens, in line with global best practices.

“The Federal and State Governments, employers, and Labour are in the preliminary stages of negotiations for the New National Minimum Wage in the country by the constitution. No proposals have been made by any of the negotiating partners including the Presidency; no offer has been made, and none has been negotiated. So, the President’s Spokesman in bandying around figures, is merely being mischievous. This may well be a strategy to throw a spanner in the works of the negotiating body.

“If the Presidency has a figure or figures it wants to propose, it should do so through the Minimum wage negotiating Committee, through social dialogue, determined by the cost-of-living index, rather than behave like a man throwing stones in the marketplace and hiding his hand.

“The Presidency has knowledgeable people in government that can advise on how proposals are submitted to the negotiating body, rather than allow grossly uninformed speculators like Mr Onanuga to dirty the waters.

Again, his baseless speculation will no doubt serve to sow the seed of discord and undermine trust in the government.

“Nonetheless, Congress is not going to dignify Onanuga and his principals with counter-proposals because this is neither how tripartite negotiation works, nor how social dialogue can be carried out. Rather, we are focused on executing the socio-economic and patriotic task of giving the country a sustainable living wage.

“We urge the working people to ignore and disregard Onanuga and his tribe of gamblers who while milking the country dry, wail that there is no money to pay hard-working Nigerians decent wages.

“The TUC also holds that it is immoral for the funds of the country to be frittered away on things such as buying expensive cars worth billions of Naira for politicians in power and their spouses.

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