Labour Shuns Talks With FG

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Organised Labour has shunned a meeting called by the Federal Government and stepped up its plan for a nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The meeting was scheduled to hold at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

The Federal Government was struggling yesterday to stave off an all-workers strike over the controversial minimum wage.

The indefinite strike is planned to start tomorrow (Tuesday) due to the government’s failure to meet the labour union’s demand for a new national minimum wage.

Despite the labour unions absence, some government officials and members of the organised private sector met.

Those at the meeting included Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige; Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed and some permanent secretaries.

Labour said it was not interested in the meeting.

Speaking before the meeting went into closed doors, Mustapha hinted that the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government would be concluding its report today.

According to him, the Federal Government is waiting for the report so that it could begin the process leading to the enactment of the new minimum wage law.

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