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Minimum Wage: We need to know how much employers can pay –FG

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Minimum Wage: We need to know how much employers can pay –FG

As the controversy surrounding the implementation of a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers continues, the Federal Government has insisted that employees cannot dictate the amount to be paid by employers in the country. The Minister of labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who said the country could not afford another round of labour crisis, said there was need for the organised labour to accept a new National Minimum Wage figure based on the capacity and the ability of both the government and the private sector to pay in line with social dialogue and the overall interest of the nation.

Speaking while receiving the new Director-General (DG) of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) Mr. Timothy Olawale and his predecessor, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, in his office in Abuja, he appealed to NECA to weigh its influence on the Organised Labour to accede to the new National Minimum Wage figure mutually agreeable to all the social partners. He said: “We need to arrive at a figure which the employers can afford to pay as an employee cannot fix a figure for the employer.

Rather, it must be based on collective bargaining and mutual agreement by the tripartite partners. “It is not a function of moving motions or voting at the National Tripartite Negotiation committee to insist that the figure must be as the organised labour appears to make it look. “There is absolutely no need to heat up the polity. The government’s proposed new Minimum Wage figure is clearly based on critical facts and indices incapable of causing disequilibrium in the economy or upturning the national social order.”

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