Minimum Wage: Strike looms as FG, Labour disagree again

The meeting between the federal government and labour has again ended in a deadlock.
This is because both parties ended the meeting without a concrete agreement.

At the meeting chaired by the Head of Service of the federation,  Winifred Oyo-ita, the Nigerian government and the labour team of the joint public service negotiating council only made minor adjustment to their earlier positions. learnt that the government decided to step up from 9.5 per cent to 11 per cent for grade levels seven to 14 and 6.5 percent from 5.5 percent for levels 15 to 17.
The Chairman of the labour team, Simon Anchaver, on the other hand,  said workers stepped down to 29per cent from 30 percent for grade levels 7 to 14 and 24 from 25 percent for levels 15 to 17
Mr. Anchaver said labour negotiating team resolved to write to the Nigeria Labour Congress and the trade union congress on the possibility of an industrial action to press home their stance.
The labour leader accused the  government team of  foot dragging and warned it could be an invitation for industrial action.
Mr. Anchaver warned that workers were already engulfed in fear and agitations over whether or not their accumulated arrears will be paid when talks are finally concluded.
Both positions arrived at at the end of Monday's talks presented to President Muhamamdu Buhari for further actions.
President Buhari signed the thirty thousand naira national minimum wage into law in April, 2019.
Ongoing meetings aimed at working out the consequential adjustment for levels other than the lowest on the ladder.



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