Trade Union Congress (TUC) has demanded an increase in the minimum wage from N30,000 to N200,000 as an attempt to ‘cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal’.
Gatekeepers News reports that the union presented the list of demands to the Federal Government during the meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Sunday night.
The list dated the 4th Of June, 2023, was signed by the President of the Union, Festus Osifo and the Secretary General, Nuhu Abba Toro.
The demands include an increase of the minimum wage from N30,000.00 to N200,000.00, provision of subsidy directly for food items, tax holiday for certain categories of people as well as reverting to status quo of PMS pump price as negotiations continue.
While the government acknowledged the feasibility of the demands, they said the demands would be presented to President Bola Tinubu with immediate effect.
Dele Alake, spokesperson for the government’s delegation to the meeting, told state house correspondents after the meeting that most of the demands “are not impracticable” and they would be tabled before the president.
Alake said the president’s decisions will be relayed to labour leaders at the next round of negotiations fixed for Tuesday.
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