NLC Proposes N794,000 Minimum Wage for South West Workers

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has put forth a formal request for a significant adjustment in the minimum wage for workers within the South West geopolitical zone, proposing an increase to N794,000.

This proposition was articulated during a pivotal presentation delivered by the chairperson of the Lagos State chapter of NLC, Funmi Sessi, at the ongoing public hearing of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage held in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday.

Sessi emphasized that this demand was unanimously agreed upon by all members of the labor union across the South West region, underlining the collective resolve behind the proposal.

The initiative for the revision of the minimum wage was set in motion by President Bola Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, who inaugurated a comprehensive 37-member panel dedicated to deliberating on this critical matter. The inauguration took place in the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja on January 30, 2024.

This assertive move by the NLC underscores a concerted effort to address the pressing concerns regarding the welfare and economic stability of workers within the South West zone. It reflects a proactive approach towards fostering equitable remuneration and ensuring the dignified livelihoods of employees across various sectors.

As discussions progress within the Tripartite Committee, stakeholders are poised to engage in constructive dialogue aimed at striking a balance between the interests of workers and the broader socio-economic landscape. The outcome of these deliberations holds significant implications for labor relations and economic dynamics not only within the South West region but throughout the nation as a whole.

In navigating these complex negotiations, all parties involved are tasked with fostering an environment of transparency, mutual respect, and inclusivity, with the overarching goal of achieving a consensus that upholds the principles of fairness and social justice.

The journey towards establishing a revised national minimum wage demands careful consideration of diverse perspectives, thorough analysis of economic factors, and unwavering commitment to the well-being of the workforce. It is a journey fueled by the collective aspirations for a more equitable and prosperous future for all.


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