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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Minimum Wage: FG meeting with labour
leaders inconclusive


Labour and Nigerian government negotiations
January 4, 2019Azeezat Adedigba
The Friday meeting between the federal
government and labour unions ended without
an agreement.

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

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

While addressing journalists at the end of the
Friday meeting, the President of the Nigeria
Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, said the
meeting has been adjourned till 5 p.m. on
Monday.

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

In his reaction, the labour minister, Chris
Ngige, who led the government delegation,
said the government has made progress with
the workers.

The meeting, which started at 12:50 p.m., went
on recess at 3:20 p.m. and reconvened 4:28
p.m.

The meeting went on break because President
Buhari summoned Mr Ngige, the finance
minister, Zainab Ahmed, and the budget
minister, Udoma Udoma, for an emergency
meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has been
at loggerheads with the federal government
over a new minimum wage.

The NLC and other labour unions demand that
the national minimum wage be increased to
N30,000 from the current N18,000.

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to
commit to the new proposal. Instead, the
president said last year that he would set up a
technical committee to review the N30,000
proposed by a tripartite committee earlier set
up by the federal government.

State governments have also said they would
not be able to pay the N30,000 minimum
wage.

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