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New minimum wage: Ngige reveals next action as nationwide strike looms


The Economic Management Team of the federal government will on Monday meet state governors on the issue of new National Minimum Wage.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Ngige stated that no final decision has been taken on the increment.

The minister also threatened that the government will not hesitate to implement the ‘No work, no pay’ rule.

According to him, the rule became effective during the administration of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Meanwhile, labour leaders have announced that an indefinite nationwide will commence November 6 if the federal government fails to meet their demands.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and that of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, in a joint statement condemned government’s claim that no amount was agreed with the labour leaders at a meeting of a tripartite committee and also the FG’s stance that it could only increase the minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N24,000.

According to them, N30,000 was agreed during negotiation and that any amount below the figure would not be accepted.

It reads in part: “We the organized labour in Nigeria having not seen any sign that this government is willing to demonstrate honour and integrity in relating with Nigerian workers and masses have resolved to as follows:

“Organise a A day of National Outrage and mourning which will be used to sensitize Nigerians on our plight and on the issues at stake. This shall take place in all states of the federation including Abuja on Tuesday, the 30th day of October, 2018

“A meeting of various organs of the Unions will hold as appropriate

“On Friday, the 2nd day of November, 2018, a Joint Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of all the Labour Centres in Nigeria shall hold to receive reports and make final preparations for our ultimate engagement with the federal government on this matter. This is the first time in the history of this nation in recent times that such meeting will take place and this goes a long way to show the seriousness with which Nigerian workers and its leadership hold this matter

“If nothing is responsibly done by the federal government to meet our demands, on Monday, the 6th day of November, we shall embark on a nation-wide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and the suffering that is decimating our people on daily basis.”



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