•Minimum wage: Meeting with labour not deadlocked, Says Ngige
Organised labour movement in Anambra State has directed workers to comply totally with the directive of the national leadership to embark on industrial actions due to commence on Thursday, September 27.
Labour in a statement jointly signed by state chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Jerry Nnubia; chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ifeanyi Okechukwu; and Jibuike Ikenna of the Joint Negotiating Council, directed workers to stay at home and await further directives.
“Sequel to federal government inability to negotiate and implement the New National Minimum Wage for Nigerian Workers, Organised Labour has decided to embark on nationwide seven days warning strike with effect from midnight of Wednesday, September 26 to press home their demand.
“In compliance with the national leadership of organised labour directive, all affiliate unions of organised labour Anambra are hereby directed to mobilise all their members to ensure total compliance of the strike action.
“They are advised to stay at home and await further directive from the national leadership of organised labour,” the Union said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chief Chris Ngige has debunked reports that the Federal Government’s reported talks with leaders of the organized labour in the country over a new minimum wage, was deadlocked, declaring it was ‘successful.’
Ngige said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Samuel Olowookere, the Director of Press in the ministry.
The minister had met with labour leaders who were part of the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage to give them an update on government’s position.
Ngige, who was reacting to some media reports, however, described the meeting as successful.
“The meeting was, in fact, successful as both the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment and the leadership of the organised labour agreed to reconvene the meeting of the national minimum wage committee on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
“This is to give enough time for the National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission to round off the assignment given to it.
“As a result, labour agreed to reach out to its organs of leadership with the October 4th resumption date as demanded by its National Executive Council with a view to suspending the proposed strike,” the statement said.