Minimum Wage Standoff: Labour Demands ₦250k Government Offers ₦62k, Stalemate Looms


Minimum Wage Standoff: Labour insists on ₦250,000, government offers ₦62,000. Stalemate persists, strike threat looms.

The ongoing negotiations over Nigeria’s minimum wage have reached a critical juncture, with organized labor threatening to resume a nationwide strike if the government fails to meet its demands. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have given the Federal Government and the National Assembly until June 11, 2024, to act on their demand for a ₦250,000 minimum wage. This ultimatum follows a one-week grace period granted by the labor unions after suspending an indefinite strike that began on June 3, 2024  .

The Demand for a Living Wage

Assistant General Secretary of the NLC, Chris Onyeka, emphasized that the current minimum wage of ₦30,000 is insufficient to meet the basic needs of Nigerian workers amid rising inflation and economic challenges. Onyeka stated unequivocally that the labor unions would not accept the Federal Government’s offer of ₦62,000 or the ₦100,000 proposal from some economists, labeling these as “starvation wages.” Instead, he reiterated labor’s position that ₦250,000 is the minimum acceptable figure .

“We have never considered accepting ₦62,000 or any other wage that we know is below what we know is able to take Nigerian workers home. We will not negotiate a starvation wage.”

Onyeka explained,

This statement highlights the unions’ steadfast resolve to secure a living wage that reflects the realities of the current economic landscape .

Government and Stakeholders’ Position

The Federal Government’s reluctance to meet the labor unions’ demands stems from concerns about the sustainability of such a high minimum wage. Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, cautioned against adopting an unsustainable wage that could lead to job losses and further economic strain. Soludo highlighted the difficulties that state governments and the Organised Private Sector would face in meeting the proposed ₦250,000 wage, urging a more balanced and realistic approach  .

The Path Forward

As both sides stand firm, the path forward remains uncertain. The labor unions have shown some flexibility by reducing their initial demand from ₦615,000 to ₦250,000, demonstrating a willingness to negotiate within realistic bounds. However, the Federal Government’s current offer of ₦62,000 falls significantly short of labor’s expectations  .

The next few days are crucial. If the Federal Government does not present a satisfactory proposal by the deadline, the NLC and TUC have vowed to reconvene and possibly resume the nationwide strike. Such a move could once again paralyze critical sectors across the country, as seen during the initial strike action  .


The minimum wage negotiations in Nigeria are a testament to the broader struggle for economic justice and the pursuit of a living wage for workers. As the deadline approaches, the government and labor unions must find common ground to ensure that the final agreement is both fair and sustainable. The outcome of these negotiations will have lasting implications for the Nigerian workforce and the nation’s economic stability.

This ongoing saga underscores the importance of strong, equitable labor policies that can adapt to the ever-changing economic realities faced by workers. As BlaccTheddi Post continues to cover this critical issue, we remain committed to presenting authentic and progressive narratives that inspire change and empower our readers to take informed actions. 

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