A potential strike emerges as Labor refuses the Federal Government’s N25,000 provisional wage offer

The organized labor has rejected President Bola Tinubu’s proposal of a N25,000 provisional wage increase for low-grade workers to mitigate the impact of the petrol subsidy removal.

Additionally, the labor unions have also declined the government’s offer of a six-month provisional wage increase and the N15 million additional Conditional Cash Transfer for vulnerable households.

President Tinubu had announced these measures during his nationwide address on Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary. He stated, “Based on our discussions with labor, business, and other stakeholders, we are introducing a provisional wage increment to enhance the federal minimum wage without causing undue inflation. For the next six months, the average low-grade worker shall receive an additional twenty-five thousand naira per month. Commencing this month, the social safety net is being extended through the expansion of cash transfer programs to an additional 15 million vulnerable households.”

However, during a meeting with the Federal Government team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, organized labor rejected the N25,000 provisional wage and instead demanded that it be set at 100 percent of the current minimum wage.

Furthermore, labor insisted that the provisional wage should apply to all workers and not be limited to just six months but continue until the new minimum wage is approved next year.

The labor unions also called for an increase in the Conditional Cash Transfer for the poorest and most vulnerable individuals to N25,000, as opposed to the previous administration’s N5,000 payment.

After extensive negotiations, the government delegation, led by Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila, had to take a break to consult with the President regarding these new demands.

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