The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has clarified that the N35,000 wage award agreement with the Federal Government will persist until a new national minimum wage is determined.
The provisional wage increment of N35,000 for Treasury-paid workers was approved by President Bola Tinubu on October 1, as part of an agreement with organized labour to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal. The wage award, which commenced in September 2023, was initially intended to last for six months.
However, the NLC president clarified that the union did not sign a six-month wage agreement with the Federal Government but rather a wage agreement intended to be in effect until the determination of a new minimum wage.
According to reports, he highlighted that the federal government had only paid two months of the wage award, and issues such as the Port Harcourt refineries, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, and other wage awards remained unresolved.