FG & NLC Meeting on minimum wage ends inconclusive again!




The Federal Government says it will continue negotiation with Organise Labour on Monday to prevent the threat of strike over non transmission of the New National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, disclosed this after meeting with the labour leaders on Friday in Abuja failed to reach an agreement.

The National Executive Council of the NLC had threatened to embark on a nationwide protest on Jan. 8 to make government transmit the tripartite committee report on the N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly.

The labour ultimatum followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to study the report before transmitting to the legislatures.

Buhari said the technical committee would device ways to ensure that the new wage implementation did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

Ngige said: “We are continuing the meeting on Monday and we are making progress. We have made substantial progress. That is progress in terms of transmission of the new national minimum wage.

“So, we are discussing on ways to fast track and we are taking appropriate steps as required by us by law.

“Mr President is more committed to this as he was the one that set of the Tripartite Committee on the minimum wage and even inaugurated them and also put in all the resources.”


On his part, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, said organised Labour believed in social dialogue in resolving industrial relations.

“We have had a social dialogue bothering on the national minimum wage as you are aware and the meeting decided to adjourn and reconvene on Monday for us to do further consultations before the issues are concluded.

“We have discussed all the issues and all the areas particularly how we can ensure that the issue is put behind us. That is why we took such a long time, including having a time out to consult.

“But we have not been able to conclude and we have agreed to reconvene to tidy the process. The issue at stake is to make sure that the bill is transmitted and also other auxiliary issues that government says they are trying to put together.

“We also want to see how the money gets into the pockets of our workers because a lot of economic factors have affected the current wage. But the major issue is that we have been able to have a meaningful social dialogue.

“But the process is not conclusive and we will reconvene on Monday. Monday is not too far from now since today is Friday. So, I expect you to be available to get the decision by Monday. The rallies on Tuesday will be determined by Monday’s meeting,” he added.


•Adapted from a NAN report.

Source News Express

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