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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Labour Accuses FG Of Inaction Over Agreement

Two months after it promised to constitute a 16-man committee to begin negotiation on a new minimum wage, the Federal government has failed to keep its promise, aksu360 can report.

It will be recalled that in a bid to convince organised labour led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to suspend its nationwide strike on fuel subsidy in May 2016, the Federal government had agreed to set up a committee to negotiate with the NLC.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation while making the announcement said both the Government and Labour have agreed to set up the committee. NLC had made a proposal for a new minimum wage of N56, 000. The congress cited the existence of a clause for renegotiation of the minimum wage every five years, saying the five years had elapsed since the last minimum wage was signed into law in 2011.

However, investigation showed that the government is yet to even constitute the committee despite agreeing to do so about ago. Trade Union Congress of Nigeria  (TUC) President, Bala Kaigama confirmed that indeed the committee was yet to be constituted. He said the government has asked for more time, claiming it was still consulting with state  governors and Nigeria Employers Consultative Association  (NECA).

The silence from government and the anxiety it has created, recently led to speculations in some quarters that the government has come up with the committee, prompting the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to deny the reports.

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