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MINIMUM WAGE: Ngige schedules another meeting with labour as ultimatum nears

New minimum wage effective from April 18 - Ngige

After a meeting of representatives of the federal government with the leadership of organised labour held on Monday, it has been announced that there would be another meeting.

The meeting, presided over by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, was to discuss the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage.

Ngige said the next meeting which would be held on Tuesday with heads of government agencies and parastatals, would look into the amount that could actually be paid to workers.

He said, “We met with the leadership of the organised labour movement on the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustment of salaries for civil servants.

“The meeting was an information-sharing from the previous meeting between the government and the labour leaders.

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The minister assured the union leaders that he would remain neutral in the whole negotiation and also appealed to members of the union to show some understanding.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a letter to its state councils had directed them to prepare for strike on October 16 if negotiation broke down again with the federal government.

The union maintained that it was not ready to shift ground on its demand for the consequential adjustment of salaries.

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