FG Plans To Mitigate Inflation Effects

The Federal Government has hinted of a pay raise for workers in the public service to cushion the effect of the global economic downturn.

The government admitted that inflation has eroded the purchasing power of workers who are on N30, 000 minimum monthly wage.

Labour and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige dropped the hint at the public presentation of a compendium of ‘Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at 40’ publication titled: “Contemporary history of working class struggles,” in Abuja.

He spoke after Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Festus Osifo noted that workers have been subjugated and oppressed by the ruling class.

The minister said the adjustment had become imperative to reflect what is happening across the globe.

Ngige said: “The inflation is worldwide. We shall adjust the minimum wage in conformity with what is happening and much more importantly, the 2019 Minimum Wage Act has a new clause for a review.”

He added “that adjustment has started with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) because the stage they are with their primary employers, the Ministry of Education, there is Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

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