Minimum wage: FG, unions meet today -Nigerian


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The federal government says it will meet with Organized Labor to prevent the threat of national labor disputes over non-transfer of the new National Minimum Wage Act to the National Assembly.

Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labor and Employment, said the meeting would stifle the strike by the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) over the transfer of the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

"The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, is scheduled to meet with the organizers of the Organized Trade Union at 10:30 am on January 4 in the Minister's conference room," a statement by Dr. Ing. Samuel Olowookere, the press officer in the Ministry, on Wednesday in Abuja.

It should be remembered that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC threatened a nationwide protest on January 8.

The threat was that the Federal Government should send the report of the tripartite committee on the minimum wage of N 30 000 to the National Assembly.

The organized workers issued the ultimatum after President Muhammadu Buhari suggested that another committee be set up to review the tripartite committee's recommendation.

A statement attributed to Buhari indicated that a "high-performance technical committee" should be set up to find ways to ensure that its implementation does not lead to an increase in borrowing.

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