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NEW MINIMUM WAGE: FG proposes high-level meeting to seal agreement with labour


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, Wednesday said the Federal Government had scheduled a high-level meeting for the full implementation of the new minimum wage for 15th October.

He made the disclosure after a separate meeting with members of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council; the leadership of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

A statement by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Charles Akpan, revealed that the meeting was convened to resolve the issues surrounding the consequential adjustment of the new National Minimum Wage.

It was gathered that the October 15 meeting would pave the way for an equable implementation of the Consequential Adjustment of the minimum wage.

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The statement reads: “While the meeting with the Labour commenced by 11:30 and ended 2pm that with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council is still on-going.

“It was resolved however that each group would hold further meetings to sort out all outstanding disagreements before a high level conclusive meeting to schedule for Tuesday, 15th October 2019.

“This will pave the way for an equable implementation of the Consequential Adjustment of the Minimum Wage.

“Those who attended the meeting include; Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of State, Finance, Budget and Planning, Clement Agba, Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN) and Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi- Esan.

Others are: Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, Acting Chairman, National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Also in attendance were the Deputy President NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asogwuni, the General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, Comrade Achaver Simon, and the representatives of the Trade Union Congress.

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