- The meeting between FG and the organised labour has been adjourned to Wednesday, October 16, putting the planned strike on hold
- Anonymous source claims both the federal government and the labour were shifting grounds, making room for a fruitful negotiation
- However, labour leaders urged the government to still shift grounds for some agitations ahead of the Wednesday meeting
The meeting between the organised labour and representatives of the Federal Government has been moved till Wednesday, October 16, to allow for sorting out of all grey areas of contention.
A top Labour official, who pleaded anonymity, hinted that the organised labour had shifted its earlier position from 29% to 25 % for grade levels seven to 14, while for levels 15 to 17 now 20%, which was earlier 24%, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The federal government has made its earlier position to shift from levels seven to nine to 17% and levels 10 to 14 at 15%.
It also shifted that of levels 15 to 17 to 12%.
NAN recalls that the organised labour is demanding 29% salary increase for officers on salary levels 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade levels 15 to 17 .
But the federal government had presented a proposal of 11% salary increase for officers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 6.5% adjustment for workers of grade levels 15 to 17.
At a meeting in Abuja, the head of service, Folashade Yemi-Esan, expressed hope that the meeting would get to a logical conclusion when it reconvenes on Wednesday.
“Today, the Labour side has discovered that there is just one side on the welfare of workers, we have worked very well together today.
“Both sides have made a lot of contentions, but we discovered that there are some grey areas that need to be ironed out.
“Some documents and information are being sourced that they are providing, by the grace of God tomorrow, discussion will continue and we believe that we will be able to get everything resolved,” she said.
Also, the deputy president of NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asugwuni, who spoke on behalf of the organised Labour after the meeting, urged to the government to shift grounds for agitation ahead.
He said the meeting would continue on Wednesday by 2pm, expressing hope that the issue will be positively resolved.
“So far, commitment has been shown, but we believe that the areas that are still in contest are critical, therefore, we urge the government also on their part see how they can shift ground positively to integrate the agitations ahead," he said.
Those at the meeting include: the NLC general secretary, Comrade Emma Ugboaja, Musa Lawal Ozigi of the TUC, Nuhu Toro (TUC) Lawal Alade Bashir as well as Comrade Musa Abbas.
Others are: Director General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Acting Chairman of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Labour Congress (NLC) asked for a new date for the earlier scheduled Tuesday 15 meeting between the House of Representatives and organised labour union on the new minimum wage.
The meeting was set up to deliberate on alternatives that will prevent the proposed nationwide strike which the NLC has asked workers to prepare for.
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