Minimum Wage: FG Meeting With Labour Unions End In Deadlock

By Adaku Onoja

The federal government and labour unions  meeting on Friday ended without an agreement.

The meeting was scheduled to prevent the planned January 8 protest by labour unions nationwide.

The planned protest by the labour unions is to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari submit a bill to the national assembly for the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage for workers.

Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting on  Friday , NLC President Ayuba Wabba, said the meeting has been adjourned till 5 p.m. on Monday.

Ayuba Wabba said organised labour believes in dialogue in resolving industrial disputes.

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According to him,“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” .

The NLC President said the rally on January 8 will be determined by Monday’s meeting.

Also speaking on the development,  the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, who led the government delegation that include the Budget and Planning Minister Udoma  Udoma said the government has made progress with the workers.

”We are still discussing and will continue on Monday. We need to make further consultations before the issues are concluded,” he said.