By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Federal government team led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige is now in a make or mar meeting with labour union and organised private sector in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja to agree on a new national minimum wage for the country.
Members of the committee are expected to sign the final report at Monday’s meeting and thereafter forward it to the SGF, Boss Mustapha, for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that Labour unions are set to commence indefinite strike by midnight of Monday if the meeting failed to meet labour demands.
While the Federal Government is maintaining its earlier proposal to pay N24, 000 as new minimum wage to workers, the governors under the aegis of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF), have proposed to pay N22,500.
The organised labour has been insisting that a unanimous decision of N30,000 was reached at last meeting by the Minimum Wage Negotiation Tripartite Committee.
Speaking to Political Platform this morning on telephone when contected byDr Amaechi Anakwue, the presenter of the program, the leader of the labour threatened that labour would revert back to its initial demand of N56,000 minimum wage if government presents a different figure other than the N30,000 which the three parties, including government agreed upon.