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FG, Labour fix date to conclude negotiation on minimum wage

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The federal government and the Labour unions in the country have scheduled a high-level meeting for October 15, for the full implementation of the new minimum wage.

Latest Nigeria News reports that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced it on Wednesday after a separate meeting with the members of the joint negotiating council of the national public service; the address of the Congress of Trade Unions of Nigeria (TUC) and of the Congress of Labor of Nigeria (NLC).

A statement released on Wednesday by the ministry’s deputy director of the press and public relations, Charles Akpan, quoted the Minister of Labor as saying that the meeting had been called to resolve the deadlock for the consequent adjustment of the national minimum wage.

Akpan said the October 15 meeting will open the way for a fair implementation of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.

The statement reads: “While the meeting with the Labour commenced by 11:30 and ended 2 pm that with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council is still on-going.

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“It was resolved however that each group would hold further meetings to sort out all outstanding disagreements before a high-level conclusive meeting to schedule for Tuesday, 15th October 2019.

“This will pave the way for an equable implementation of the Consequential Adjustment of the Minimum Wage,” the statement added.

Present at the meeting were: Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Finance, Budget and Planning, Clement Agba, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) and Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi- Esan.

Others are Acting Chairman, National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Also in attendance were the General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, Comrade Achaver Simon, the Deputy President NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asogwuni, and the representatives of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).