- The federal government has revealed its plan to hold a meeting with the leadership of the organised labour on Tuesday, January 8
- According to the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, the meeting will be held to avoid the impending nationwide industrial action
- Ngige said that at the meeting, the date for the transmission of the new minimum wage bill to the National Assembly will be fixed
The federal government, through the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has said the meeting with the organised labour to avoid the threat of national strike over non transmission of the new national minimum wage bill to the National Assembly will be reconvened by 1p.m on Tuesday, January 8.
Ngige made this revelation as he spoke with newmen after a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the organised labour on Tuesday in Abuja, Vanguard reports.
The organised labour had threatened to go an a nationwide industrial action which it fixed for Tuesday.
This was after President Muhammadu Buhari had said that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up to device ways to ensure that implementing the minimum wage did not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.
Speaking with newsmen, Ngige said: "We have made progress and Tuesday, we will know the definite date when the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly. It has been difficult to arrive at a date because there are processes to follow on the bill.
“We have to go to the Federal Executive Council with a council memo on the bill after that, we will go to the National Economic Council and the Council of State. But for the Council of State, the President has to look at his own time table and we will inform past Heads of State and Justice of the Federation.
"This can take two weeks. However, we are trying to see if we can accommodate all these meetings by next week because we cannot do Council of State meeting again this week. Immediately after that meeting (Council of State), we will transmit the bill."
On his part, Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, said that organised labour had a useful discussion with the federal government. He said that labour leaders had consulted and agreed to meet with the government on Tuesday by 1p.m to ensure that the processes for the transmission of the bill would be completed without further delay.
Wabba said: ”We will surely go ahead with the mass protest nationwide on Wednesday. The protest is about implementation, it has no link with the transmission. We are trying to see how the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly.
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“The protest is about how to get all parties committed to the issue of minimum wage, it is different from how we get this bill transmitted with timeline to the national assembly,” he added. The meeting which started about 9:05 p.m ended at 11: 56p.m on Monday."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NLC had pledged commitment to workers welfare while appealing to the federal government to urgently transmit the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly. Wabba made the appealed in a New Year message on Tuesday, January 1, in Abuja.
According to him, 2018 remained one of the most traumatic for workers especially given the failure of government to enact and implement the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
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