- The federal government is hold a final meeting with the organised labour on Tuesday, October 15, ahead of a planned strike over minimum wage
- Chris Ngige, minister of labour, says he is not sure how long the meeting would last but that it is very important
- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) insists it is prepared and has continued to mobilise its units ahead of the planned action
Ahead of the planned national strike by the organised labour, the federal government is in what has been described as a final move to halt the action over issues arising from the negotiation of the N30,000 minimum wage.
The organised labour insists that it would embark on the industrial action beginning from Wednesday, October 16.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, as an opportunity for information sharing and to soften the ground for a final meeting.
Ngige urged the leaders of the labour groups to be open-minded in their dialogue so that both parties could get a way out of the minimum wage logjam.
"If we don’t soften the ground bullets will fly and at the end of the day we will come back to the negotiating table. That is why we are doing this as a proactive measure.
“Part of my work is to ensure that there is a quiet industrial milieu. The workforce brings out their full productivity and employers, businesses will not be disrupted. That is why we called you again," he said.
The minister said the meeting could last for up to 12 hours depending on what we are able to achieve today.
“I appeal to everybody to show some understanding.
“We are going to discuss dispassionately. Nothing will be hidden from anybody. The books of government, I talked about it before - when I mean books they are budgets - 2019/2020, we will make it bare.
“I have warned them and I have advised them that if they come they should be prepared to present their case, meaningfully and successfully," he said adding that he would stay in the middle as an arbiter.
On his own part, deputy president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Amaechi Asugwuni, said labour had tried to remain considerate and patient with the government.
“We all know the consequences of delay is never fruitful and as such organised labour has come here with open mind in ensuring that facts are facts, also the situations are already known to us.
“The economy is biting and as a matter of fact, we must assist the process at this time in ensuring that we close it earlier than needed so that we can avert the unforeseen," he said.
He said the meeting would determine the next action that the labour leaders would take.
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