FG Moves to Avert Strike over Minimum Wage

The Federal Government has said the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage would conclude its negotiation before the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Ms Amal Pepple, Chairman of the committee gave the assurance while speaking in Abuja yesterday after organised labour issued a 14-day ultimatum that would expire on Sept. 25 to the Federal Government.

Labour also said it would commence nationwide strike immediately after the expiration of its 14 days ultimatum if their demand was not met.

Commenting on the impending strike, Pepple said: “We do not want strike and I am sure that even the Federal Government does not want strike, and also Nigerians.

“So, we pray that everything will be resolved before then so labour do not have to embark on any strike.”

She said organised labour, organised private sector and individuals from others sectors have submitted their figures but the state governors were yet to submit theirs.

“But, we still need approval from the Federal Government and some figures from the state governments.

“We do not want to fix a date for the reconvening of the meeting on our own without everyone’s opinion.

“We believe it is better to have all the figures and the government position for the sake of peace.

“So, that we can comfortably say that we have taken everyone position into consideration before the recommendation,” Pepple said.

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