Minimum Wage Bill - Labour Threatens to Shut Down Nigeria

Organised labour, consisting of a coalition of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and other groups, has expressed dissent over plans to remove the minimum wage from the exclusive bill by the national assembly. Union leaders said they were ready for war and would shut down the country if the government went ahead. Hundreds of Nigerian workers participated in nationwide protests against the mimimum wage removal, fuel hikes and the rising cost of electricity, as well the rising unemployment rate, among others. In April 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law a bill to increase Nigeria's monthly minimum wage to U.S.$79 (30,000 naira) after labour unions went on strike for an increase.

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Joint NLC, TUC, ULC nationwide protest over alleged recalcitrance of government and employers to pay adequate minimum wage (file image).

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