The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (NUC) have proposed N56,000 as the new minimum wage to the Federal Government as against the present N18,000.

The NLC president, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.

Wabba said both the NLC and TUC made the formal demand on the proposed national minimum wage to the Federal Government on Tuesday.

He said: “I can say now authoritatively that as of yesterday, we made a formal proposal to the Federal Government of N56,000 to be the new minimum wage.

“The demand has been submitted officially to government and we hope that the tripartite system to look at the review will actually be set up to look at it.

“Our argument is that, yes, it is true that the economy is not doing well, but the law stated that wages for workers must be review after every five years.

“So, the issue must be looked into by the Federal Government and workers should not be seen as sleeping on their rights,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports

Wabba revealed that the last review of the national minimum wage was in 2011, stating that the setting up of a tripartite committee to review the newly proposed national minimum wage was long overdue.

He further stressed that the government should set up tripartite committee for the review of the new minimum wage.