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Minimum wage: FG, organised labour to resume talks Friday

The Federal Government has again extended an invitation to organised Labour for the continuation of minimum wage negotiations, the Punch Newspaper reports. 

“A letter has been addressed to Labour by the committee chairman and signed by the NSIWC chairman. The meeting is scheduled for Friday.

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“Of course, Labour will attend. If they present a better offer on Friday we will accept it,” a source told the newspaper.  

SolaceBase reports that the minimum wage committee adjourned indefinitely on Tuesday after talks between the Federal Government and organised Labour broke down as labour rejected the Federal Government’s N60,000 fresh proposal, up from the earlier N57,000 offer.

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Labour leaders proposes N494,000 and gave the committee till the end of the month to wrap up talks on a new national minimum wage.

The ultimatum will expire on Friday night.

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However, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, on Wednesday, appealed to organised Labour to be considerate and patriotic in their demands in the ongoing negotiation for a new national minimum wage.

The minister said the Federal Government had consistently taken steps to secure a fair and realistic wage for Nigerian workers.

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