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New Minimum Wage: FG Backtracks, Says Can’t Meet Labour’s Demand

AG PRESIDENT OSINBAJO PRESIDES OVER FEC MEETING 5. R-L; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo chats with Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige shortly after the FEC Meeting at the Council Chambers, State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE./STATE HOUSE IN ABUJA. JULY 19 2017

By Kunle Akinsola

 

Citing dwindling economy, the Nigerian Government says it cannot meet the demands of workers for the percentage for the consequential adjustment of the N30,000 new minimum wage approved months ago.

Consequently, the government said it will appoint a “new team’’ to represent it in the committee negotiating the minimum wage consequential adjustment.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who disclosed this on Thursday during a courtesy visit by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said federal government felt there was a need to say the “truth about the poor state of the economy’’.

Ngige, who has been negotiating with labour since 2018 the wage issue, said the government was also worried about the rising unemployment in the country, describing it as highly worrisome.

He threw a challenge to the organised labour, asking it not limit itself to just advocating workers’ right but should liaise with the government and private sector to create jobs.

The federal government said it has commenced the implementation of the minimum wage for workers on grade levels 01 to 06 only for which labour had threatened to go on strike.

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