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30 October 2019

Minimum Wages: Labour threatens shutdown if states break agreement

Labour unions in the country have drawn the battle line with state governors over the new minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April, with the former threatening to shut down the nation should the latter fail to act accordingly.

Organised labour also said it would not accept any breach of the consequential adjustment agreement, which details how the minimum wage of N30,000 will be implemented across various salary scales.

The reaction of labour was elicited by Monday’s declaration of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, NGF, that the Federal Government cannot dictate to governors on issues relating to payment of the new minimum wage. “I am sure you know the FEC does not determine what happens in the states, the states have their own state executive councils and that is the highest decision-making body at the state level.


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