Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Unions To Meet On January 4

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Unions To Meet On January 4

By News Agency of Nigeria on January 4, 2019
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Chris Ngige, Samuel Olowookere, Muhammadu Buhari
Chris Ngige, minister of labour and productivity and other government officials in a meeting with labour leaders in November 2018

The Federal Government, FG, says it will meet with Organised Labour to prevent the threat of national industrial action over non transmission of the New National Minimum Wage bill to the National Assembly.

Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, said the meeting is to nip in the bud the threat of strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, over the transmission of the New National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly.

“Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Executives of the Organised Labour Union on January 4, 2019, at the Minister’s Conference Room by 10:30 am prompt”, according to a statement by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Director of Press in the ministry, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalled that the National Executive Council, NEC, of the NLC had threatened to embark on a nationwide protest on January 8, 2019.

The threat was to make the Federal Government to send the tripartite committee’s report on N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly.

The organised labour gave the ultimatum following President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposal to set up another committee to scrutinise the tripartite committee’s recommendation.

A statement attributed to Buhari had indicated that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to devise ways to ensure that its implementation did not lead to an increase in borrowing.

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