FG, ASUU Reach Partial Agreement To End Strike

The Federal government has reached a partial agreement with the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU to end its five weeks old strike.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige stated this at the end of a reconciliation meeting with the union to resolve issues surrounding the strike action.

Dr Ngige said the meeting identified a means to generate funds for the revalidation, stressing that the appropriate government organs would be contacted on the issue.

He stated that government was sure to have good information for the striking lecturers.

The Minister explained that he hoped that with the agreement reached, the union would call off the strike  action for the students to go back to school and also for those who had exams could take their exams.

Dr Ngige further stated that the next meeting would be held next Monday, 17th December 2018.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi said they had a fruitful discussion and were satisfied with the steps taken by the government to end the strike.

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FG, ASUU Negotiation Continues Next Week

The negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will continue newt week.

Recall that the striking university lecturers on Thursday resumed negotiation with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after several efforts to resolve the issues failed.

Dr Chris Ngige expressed the hope that the resumed discussions would lead to the suspension of the strike.

The university lecturers went on strike over non-payment of earned allowance and other welfare issues since November 4, 2018.

Some of the issues discussed as contained in 2017 Memorandum of Action, includes funding for revitalization of universities, earned academic allowances, pension matters and exemption of Treasury Single Account.


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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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FG To Resume Meeting On Minimum Wage Sunday

Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, says conciliation on the national minimum wage will continue on Sunday despite the court injunction restraining organised labour from embarking on strike.

The National Industrial Court had on Friday ordered the organised labour not to go ahead with the nationwide strike scheduled for Nov. 6

Justice Sanusi Kado gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application moved on behalf of the Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata.

Recall that organised labour had threatened to commence an indefinite strike on Nov. 6 to press for a new minimum wage of N30, 000 for workers.

The minister in the statement, however, insists that the conciliation meeting involving organised Labour, the organised private sector and government scheduled for Sunday remain unchanged.

“The conciliation meeting involving the Organised Labour, the Organised Private Sector and Government scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by 6 p.m. is still on course and will hold,’’ he said.

Ngige said that this will be followed by another meeting of the National Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 at the same venue.

The minister appealed to all tripartite members to attend the meetings in the interest of the nation and finding a solution to the minimum wage impasse.


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FG, Govs To Meet On Minimum Wage Today

The Economic Management Team, and state governors will be meeting today, Monday, to harmonize the new minimum wage, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige told state house correspondents on Friday after consultations with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo at the Aso Rock Villa.

Dr Ngige expressed optimism that the meeting would come up useful outcomes before the submission of the report of the Tripartite committee on the new wage.

He said there was no cause for worry by the Labour Congress over the draft white paper on industrial harmony approved by government.

Labour unions had proposed on N30,000, the private sector, the federal government and state governments proposed N25,000, N24,000 and N20,000 respectively.

The minimum wage currently stands at N18, 000

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National Minimum Wage: FG Urges Labour To Accept Proposed Figure

The Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has again emphasized that Nigeria cannot afford rounds of labour crisis, hence, the imperative for the Organized Labour to accept a new National Minimum Wage figure

He said the figured was based on the capacity and the ability of both the government and the private sector to pay in line with social dialogue and the overall interest of the nation.

Sen. Ngige who gave the charge while he received a courtesy visit, from the new Director General (DG) of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) Mr. Timothy Olawale and his predecessor, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, appealed to NECA to weigh its influence on the Organized Labour to accede to the new National Minimum Wage figure mutually agreeable to all the social partners.

“We need to arrive at a figure which the employers can afford to pay as an employee cannot fix a figure for the employer. Rather, it must be based on collective bargaining and mutual agreement by the tripartite partners. It is not a function of moving motions or voting at the National Tripartite Negotiation committee to insist that the figure must be as the Organized Labour appears to make it look,” Ngige said.

“There is absolutely therefore no need to heat up the polity. The government’s proposed new Minimum Wage figure is clearly based on critical facts and indices incapable of causing disequilibrium in the economy or upturning the national social order,” the Minister argued.

The Minister urged him to ensure that numerous private sector employers who are members of NECA as well as those not yet registered but are defaulting in payment of even the existing National Minimum Wage of N18, 000 are made to comply with the law.

Ngige also commended the efforts of the immediate past (DG) Olusegun Oshinowo for contributing immensely to industrial peace and harmony in the private sector and at ensuring that Nigeria was brought back to the Governing Board of the ILO employer section.

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2019: Buhari Will Return As President In A Landslide Victory, Says Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well to merit re-election in the 2019 presidential election.

Ngige said this on Sunday at Ojoto, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State, while addressing newly elected officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area.

His words: “I stand before you today to say Mr. President has done so well in all ramifications.

“He will be returned by Nigerians in 2019 in a landslide victory,” he said.

Ngige, who noted that the party would contest all elective positions in the general elections, urged party faithful to work hard to ensure that the APC scores not less than 70 per cent of the votes cast in the state.

He commended the party members for ensuring a smooth and peaceful local government congress held in the 21 local government areas of the state on Saturday.

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FG Assures Nigerian Workers Of New Minimum Wage Implementation

The Minister for Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, on Monday assured Nigerian workers that implementation of a new minimum wage in the country would be done.

He said the committee set up for that purpose by the Nigerian Government had already started work.

Ngige gave the assurance while speaking with journalists shortly after witnessing the swearing in of newly-elected chairmen of the 18 local government councils in Edo at the Government House, Benin.

Council elections were conducted in the state on Saturday, and ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) won all the positions.

The minister said that the Minimum Wage Review Committee, with him as deputy chairman, would submit final report in the third quarter of the year to the National Assembly for due consideration.

“This is a constitutional issue and the Constitution makes provision for the minimum wage to be reviewed every five years and we are on course.

“The committee will decide what the minimum wage will be and it is a tripartite arrangement comprising the government, employers and employees.

“So, the Nigerian workers should hope that we have their issues at heart,’’ he said.

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Ngige Advises Youths To Embrace Blue Collar Jobs

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has warned that there are no white collar jobs in the country, advising youths to embrace blue collar jobs.

Ngige stated this in Abuja, on Thursday.

His words: “There are no white collar jobs any longer. If you are waiting for one, you will wait for a long time. People are finding employment in blue collar jobs, and it is even more profitable,” Ngige said

He added that farming, carpentry, bricklaying, tiling and others constitute the blue collar jobs.

Ngige said the President Muhamamdu Buhari-led administration was using the blue collar jobs to redeem youths from joblessness caused by lack of white collar jobs.

His words: “In farming alone, this government has generated lots of jobs. You eat Anambra rice here, in Abuja I eat Kano rice and even Imo, too, has come up wih theirs. All these bring employment.”

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