Minimum wage: What Tinubu, Labour leaders discussed – Minister, NLC, TUC

The first phase of minimum wage meeting between the Organised Labour and President Bola Tinubu has ended.

The meeting was, however, adjourned till next week to allow for more consultations from the government and organised labour.

After Thursday meeting, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, described it as fruitful.

He said the meeting was mostly “a family discussion between a father and the children.”

She said, “It was a fruitful meeting, father, children meeting. I think we are hopeful that very soon everything will be resolved. Of course, when father and children talk you know what it is. That’s just exactly what has happened. It took us almost an hour. I believe that it’s all for good”.

On his part, President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, revealed that the meeting said both parties have not rescinded their previous positions on the amount.

Ajaero said, “In a real sense, it wasn’t a negotiation but a discussion and we have had that discussion. We agreed to look at the real terms and to reconvene in the next one week. So that’s where we are. Because we didn’t go down there to talk naira and kobo. At least there were some basic issues that we agreed on”.

Asked whether they deliberated on the N250,000 being demanded by Labour, the NLC President replied, “I remember mentioning that we didn’t go into Naria and Kobo discussion. Now the status quo in terms of the amount N250,000 and N62,000 remain until we finish this conversation”.

Corroborating Ajaero and Onyejeocha, the TUC President, Festus Osifo said they told the President in plain terms what the economic realities are at the moment.

He said they tried to make the President see reasons why the minimum wage has to be shored up, going by the hardships Nigerians were facing.