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New minimum wage: What NLC said after meeting with FG

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The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Mr Ayuba Wabba, has said that the organised Labour believed in social dialogue in resolving industrial relations.

Wabba disclosed this after a meeting with the federal Government on Friday in Abuja.According to him, the Labour discussed all the issues bothering on the National minimum wage, adding that process was inconclusive.

He said “We have had a social dialogue bothering on the national minimum wage as you are aware and the meeting decided to adjourn and reconvene on Monday for us to do further consultations before the issues are concluded.“We have discussed all the issues and all the areas particularly how we can ensure that the issue is put behind us. That is why we took such a long time, including having a time out to consult.

“But we have not been able to conclude and we have agreed to reconvene to tidy The process. The issue at stake is to make sure that the bill is transmitted and also other auxiliary issues that government says they are trying to put together.

“We also want to see how the money gets into the pockets of our workers because a lot of economic factors have affected the current wage. But the major issue is that we have been able to have a meaningful social dialogue.

“But the process is not conclusive and we will reconvene on Monday. Monday is not too far from now since today is Friday. So, I expect you to be available to get the decision by Monday.

“The rallies on Tuesday will be determined by Monday’s meeting,” NAN quoted him as saying.Wabba added that part of the report that was submitted was all inclusive of the main report and draft bill.

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