The Presidency yesterday told Nigeria’s Organised Labour to forget their dream of N30000 minimum wage for civil servants as it was not feasible for the government to pay at the moment.
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, who stated the Federal Government’s position in a television programme said government would not be able to pay such a monthly take home of N30,000 giving the state of its finances.
Speaking during a Channels TV programme on Thursday, Adesina said even if public office holders sacrifice their entire pay, that will not still make such minimum wage achievable.
He said even some governors are unable to pay the N18,000, not to talk of N30,000.
“So if they can’t pay N18,000 and labour is asking for N30,000 and they refuse to come lower, there may be a stalemate which will not be good for the country,” he said.
“I think in the spirit of negotiation, labour should not insist on N30,000.”
Asked if the political class “especially members of the All Progressives Congress (APC)” agreeing to reduce their salaries will not make the new minimum wage demand possible, the presidential spokesman replied: “I doubt.”
“Even if they decide not to collect anything, it still doesn’t take care of N30,000 minimum wage; it doesn’t.
“Maybe if the members of the National Assembly concede part of their salaries and allowances, it can make a dent on minimum wage. But other office holders dont earn anything outrageous.”
The Nigerian Labour Congress has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over a demand for an increase in the minimum wage.
Labour has rejected the proposal of the Federal Government to raise the minimum wage from N18,000 to N24,000 and has set a November 6, 2018 deadline for the commencement of a nationwide strike targeted at paralysing all the machineries of government across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital territory.
In preparation for the November 6 proposed nationwide strike, The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday advised Nigerians to start stocking food and other necessities of life at home.
The NLC in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Tuesday warned that the workers will ensure a total shutdown of the country.