FG Makes Fresh Promises To Labour Unions On New Minimum Wage

FG Makes Fresh Promises To Labour Unions On New Minimum Wage 

FG has made fresh promises to the Labour Unions on new minimum wage and wage awards in Nigeria.

NewsOnline Nigeria reports that President Tinubu Federal Government has assured labour unions in the country that it would fulfill all promises made to them and Nigerian workers.

This Nigeria news platform understands that the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, made the promise on behalf of the government on Wednesday when she visited the office of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
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She assured that the government would continue to pay the N35,000 wage award as agreed, including the outstanding balance to workers, and the new minimum wage would also be addressed.

The Minister, however, asked for the labour unions to maintain an open communication channel with the government even as she reiterated that the government of President Bola Tinubu is labour-friendly.

“I am here specifically to reassure you that we have not forgotten about the agreements between the government and trade unions.

“Government is working round the clock to ensure that agreements with trade unions are fulfilled.

“Thank God that you have confirmed that the federal government has started paying the N35, 000 wage award.

“I can assure you that the payment is on course and the outstanding will be paid within a short period of time,” she said.

On the issue of the new national minimum wage, Onyejeocha gave assurance that the committee would soon start work and that the federal government is committed to the task.

”I do not want to wait for any stakeholder to start agitating, that is why I came to remind you that we are working to make sure they are fulfilled.

“If there is any that we can not fulfill now, including the past ones, we will continue our engagements on them,” the minister said.

The Minister assured the TUC leadership of government’s continued readiness to listen to them, as well as partner with them for the greater good of the people.

Earlier, the TUC President, Festus Osifo, commended the Minister for the thoughtful visit, saying it would go a long way to building trust and mutual understanding between the government and the union.

He commended the government for some of the major steps taken so far, specifically for fulfilling up to 80 per cent of the agreement with the management of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

The TUC president, however, urged the government to fulfil the remaining 20 per cent of that agreement.

“We are not a union that wait for government to fail in order to hold it to ransom. That is why we keep engaging,” Osifo said.

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