Following the directive by President Buhari on the partial implementation of the new minimum wage, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has today rejected the policy of the National Salaries and Wages Commission (NSIWC) on the haphazard implementation of the National minimum wage as directed by President Buhari.
On July 16, the federal government revealed that it would commence the implementation of the new minimum wage with workers earning below N30, 000 monthly.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage into law on April 18 this year.
The NSIWC circular on the implementation of the policy was signed by the Chairman of the commission, Richard Egbule.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the federal government has been at loggerhead with labour over the years on an apparent endless negotiation to jack-up the Nigerian workers' long-overdue minimum wage.
Mr Egbule had disclosed that government position on the implementation of the wage would kick-start with workers currently receiving less than N30, 000, while others would subsequently follow up when the parties have concluded negotiations on consequential adjustments.
However, Quadri Olaleye, the President of the TUC said in a statement issued in Abuja today accused the government of playing smart to avert industrial unrest.
Olaleye said, “We have read with concern the circular released by Mr Richard Egbule, Executive Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Committee set up by the Federal Government to work out the consequential adjustment arising from the wage increase.
“Let it be known that this circular is unacceptable to TUC because it has gone against the raison d’etre for setting the committee,” the statement reads.
He added, the TUC considered the circular as a trick on the part of the government to discourage labour action, stressing that “labour cannot be fooled.