Minimum wage: National Tripartite Committee to complete arrangement by 3rd quarter of 2018
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has given an update on the activities of the National Tripartite Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to review minimum wage in Nigeria.
Ngige said the committee has swung into action and would likely conclude all arrangement about the minimum wage in the third quarter of 2018.
“We had our inaugural meeting on 14th December and we did a frame work for our work. We will finish our job before the third quarters of this year, but we may finish earlier” he says.
“Minimum Wage is a national matter and only the federal government can legislate on it. Labour matter and the issue of national minimum wage is in the exclusive list.
“President Buhari is monitoring it strictly, and I am monitoring it too. I wear a double cap as minister of labour, who is the regulator and also as the deputy chairman of the committee.”
On what Nigerians should expect as the minimum wage, Ngige said, he will not reveal yet what he has in mind, but would rather table it before the committee and back it up with productivity indices.
He said one of the cardinal principle of negotiating wages as stipulated by the International Labour Organisation(ILO) is ability to pay.
He said the committee will let workers table their request, while the governors representatives and the NECA can look at how feasible it is to pay, just as the workers through NLC can also negotiate with representatives of employers if they propose below their expectations
“For now, I will not tell you what I think is the ideal minimum wage, I will rather say it at the committee. We will put a lot of things into consideration and come up with this an acceptable minimum wage.
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