Nigeria: Govt to Avert Strike Over Minimum Wage - Pepple

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24 September 2018

The Federal Government said the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage would conclude its negotiation before the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Ms Amal Pepple, Chairman of the committee gave the assurance while speaking in Abuja yesterday.

The organised labour had on Sept. 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum that would expire on Sept. 25 to the Federal Government for the committee to reconvene and complete it assignment.

Labour also said it would commence nationwide strike immediately after the expiration of its 14 days ultimatum if their demand was not met.

According to Pepple, "We do not want strike and I am sure that even the Federal Government does not want strike, and also Nigerians.

"So, we pray that everything will be resolved before then so labour do not have to embark on any strike."

She said organised labour, organised private sector and individuals from others sectors have submitted their figures but the state governors were yet to submit theirs.

"But, we still need approval from the Federal Government and some figures from the state governments.

"We do not want to fix a date for the reconvening of the meeting on our own without everyone's opinion.

"We believe it is better to have all the figures and the government position for the sake of peace.

"So, that we can comfortably say that we have taken everyone position into consideration before the recommendation," Pepple said.

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