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TUC seeks Senate’s approval on N30,000 minimum wage


Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, the President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) .

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has urged the Senate to ensure it approves the N30,000 new national minimum wage when it resumes next week.

The union, which held its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos, to deliberate on the state of the nation and the challenges confronting the labour movement, commended the House of Representatives for approving N30,000 as minimum wage  in Nigeria.

It therefore called on the Upper Chamber to do the same without any further delay.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the NEC-in-session also resolved that the Federal Government should avoid all forms of
intimidations and be transparent in the conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

The communiqué, which was jointly signed by the union’s President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Secretary General, Musa Lawal-Ozigi, called on the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to be as impartial as possible during the elections, having the interest of all Nigerians at heart.

It also called on the police, the military, and other security agents to be professional in discharging their duties since no position is worth the blood of innocent civilians.

On security of the nation, the Congress said the status quo be maintained, and policies that will be more beneficial to the masses should be formulated.

On representation of TUC in tripartite bodies, the communiqué read in part: “The NEC-in-session reiterates that the law establishing National Law Advisory Council (NLAC), should be reviewed to include major Stakeholders, e.g. TUC. The NEC-in-session warns that TUC will no longer tolerate the violation of the trade union rights of its members to representation, collective bargaining and be consulted on labour matters in the country.”
While commending the Federal Government on the fight against corruption, it urged that government should respect the rule of law when doing so.

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