Minimum Wage: ASUU Reacts On New Wage

AFTER a long drawn battle, the organised labour suspended its proposed mass action over the demand for a N30,000 minimum wage as President Muhammadu Buhari warmly received the report of the Tripartite Committee of the National Minimum Wage. Even if the Federal Government accepted the offer as assumed, it has to follow due process particularly legislative actions to become effective. Obviously, Nigerian workers deserve improved package far above the existing N18,000. Whilst the heat was temporarily put under control, the Academic Staff Union of Universities grounded academic activities by embarking on a strike action. All clamouring for one thing: improved workers’ welfare.

Although the proposed increment is justifiable, it goes beyond the justifiability but anchors essentially on the sustainability of the demands. The reason is simple. Many state governments still struggle to pay their workforce on the existing rate as and when due. The looming danger if adequate preventative measures are not put in place is that downsizing of the workforce is imminent. In other words, as the negotiations continue between the government, organised labour and private sector alongside ASUU, the resources for implementing the new wage structure should also extensively be given premium consideration.

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