The Federal Government will take a final position on the new national minimum wage on Monday after an enlarged meeting of all key stakeholders including state governors, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
This comes as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had penultimate Wednesday approved the implementation of the white paper on the no-work, no-pay labour policy.
Speaking with State House reporters, Ngige said the policy was passed by the National Assembly in 2004 and that former president Olusegun Obasanjo assented to it.
“The issue of no-work, no-pay is not a new thing, it is an existing law passed by the National Assembly in 2004 and assented to by Obasanjo.
“The law protects both employers and employees. We are just re- echoing it. It is not anything punitive or new, it has been around since,” he said.
After the meeting, he said President Muhammadu Buhari would transmit a bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly for consideration and passage – after a public hearing on the bill to enable the public contribute to the draft law.
Labour has meanwhile threatened a nationwide strike November 6 if their demands are not met by the Federal Government.