FG reveals date for new minimum wage

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The Federal Government says all arrangements have been concluded to produce a new minimum wage for Nigeria on or before May 2024.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this while speaking in Abuja Tuesday at the Nigeria Labour Congress’ 13th National Delegates’ Conference.

“The good story that filters out from it is that we put out an Act, a legislation that had in place an inbuilt review five years mechanism, unlike the formal Act. So, mandatorily, Nigeria will produce a new minimum wage on or before May 2024,” Ngige said.

Warning labour and other trade unions to desist from meddling in government affairs, the Minister said; “It is acknowledged, both nationally and internationally, that government would not interfere in trade union matters and likewise, trade unions are not to interfere in labour administration unless as provided by the laws and principles of tripartism.”

He urged the NLC to ensure the implementation of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) 2010 by State Governments.

“This has resulted in many workers not being covered by the ECA Act for injuries and even deaths sustained in the place or course of employment.

“The NLC should remedy this situation as the welfare of workers is one of the cardinal functions of Trade Unions including the Confederations.

“In this regard, it should be noted that the PENCOM Act 2014 makes it mandatory for all employers to give Insurance Cover for workers employed by them,” Ngige added.

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