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Minimum Wage: FG Makes New Promises Over NLC Ultimatum

The federal government has assured the organised labour that the tripartite committee on the national minimum wage would conclude its negotiation before the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum.

“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 does not have to embark on any strike.”

NAN reports that Mrs. Amal Pepple, the tripartite committee chairman, gave the assurance while addressing journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

Organised labour had, on September 12, issued a 14-day ultimatum that it would embark on nationwide strike if the committee did not reconvene and complete its work.

The ultimatum will expire on September 25.

She said the committee has worked hard and have finished its assignment.

“We have some figures from organised labour, organised private sectors and individuals from others sectors. But, we still need approval from the Federal Government and some figures from the state governments,” she continued.

“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.”