New Minimum Wage: FG, NLC Meet Today

The Federal Government has said that it hopes to continue negotiations on the national minimum wage with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Sunday, despite a court injunction restraining them from embarking on strike.

According to a statement by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, the meeting involving organised Labour, the organised private sector and government will hold at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha by 6 p.m.

Mr Ngige said the meeting would be followed by another meeting of the National Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee on Monday, November 5, at the same venue.

He appealed to all tripartite members to attend the meetings in the interest of the nation to find a solution to the minimum wage impasse.

The unions are insisting on a new minimum wage of 30, 000 naira for workers.

Recall that the strike over minimum wage would begin on Tuesday, November 6.

Nigerians who have plans of travelling around and out of the country will be unable to do so.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has declared its intention to join in the nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress over FG’s refusal to meet its minimum wage demand.

Talks on a new wage have reached deadlock after state governors said they couldn’t guarantee the payment of N30,000 wage to workers.

A court had ruled on Friday that the strike be cancelled, as it would jeopardize citizens’ livelihood. But the NLC insists it is well within the ambit of the law to embark on the strike.


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