FG Resumes Talks With Labour Leaders Over Minimum Wage

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Updated January 7, 2019
Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, holds talks with NLC leadership


The Federal Government is resuming its meeting with the leadership of the organised labour in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This development comes three days after a previous gathering aimed at averting a planned nationwide strike by the unions over the new minimum wage.

During its Friday talks at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, the meeting ended without any resolution of the dispute, prompting an adjournment of the dialogue till today.

Other government officials that joined Ngige included the Minister of Finance, Mr Zainab Ahmed and that of the Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

On the other hand, representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other labour unions were in attendance.

The labour leaders want the Executive to transmit the new minimum wage structure as agreed to by the Presidential Tripartite Committee, to the National Assembly or face fresh industrial action.

Minimum Wage: Labour Threatens To Strike Again

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that a high-powered technical committee would be set up to review the resolution of the tripartite committee, which recommended N30,000 as the new minimum.

But the unions had vowed not to be part of the planned review by the technical committee as announced by the president, insisting that all discussions had ended on the new minimum wage as the labour union has taken a stand.

Meanwhile, the NLC has declared Tuesday, January 8 as a day of national protest over the issue.