The provisional wage increase that President Bola Tinubu initially proposed for low-grade workers over a period of six-month will now cut across all workers, as disclosed by President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, during a briefing with State House Correspondents on Sunday evening.
This decision came after a lengthy four-hour meeting between leaders of the Organised Labour and representatives of the Federal Government at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.
Addressing concerns raised on Twitter regarding the wage increase being limited to low-income workers, Gbajabiamila clarified, “There was a lot of discussion on Twitter about whether only low-income workers would benefit from the provisional wage increase. We communicated with the President, and he promptly agreed that all workers, regardless of income level, would be included in the wage adjustment. There will be no distinctions made between low, median, or high-income earners.”
Gbajabiamila expressed optimism that the labour unions would reconsider their plans for a nationwide strike scheduled for Tuesday, saying, “We hope that Labour will convene meetings with their various branches and executives tomorrow to present the agreements that have been reached. We believe and hope that the strike will be called off on Tuesday.”
It was reported that Labour had initially rejected President Bola Tinubu’s proposed N25,000 wage increase for low-grade workers. Additionally, Labour insisted that the provisional increase should remain in effect until a new minimum wage is approved, rather than being limited to six months. Furthermore, the unions demanded that the wage increase be raised to N35,000.
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