Breaking: Labour, SGF in closed-door meeting

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SFG, George Akume, and the leadership of the Organised Labour are currently in a meeting.

 

A source in the Labour disclosed this to Vanguard.

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The source said: “Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its counterpart, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria TUC, have been invited for a meeting.

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“We are there now to hear from them.”

 

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Though the source did not reveal the reason for the meeting, it won’t be unconnected with the minimum wage and ongoing strike across the country.

 

The Organised Labour declared an indefinite nationwide strike from Monday, June 3rd over the failure of the federal government to conclude negotiations on a new national minimum wage and reverse the hike in the electricity tariff.

 

In an eight-point resolutions by the Presidents of NLC and TUC, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo, respectively, they lamented the continued absence of the state governors at the meeting, and also the absence of any Federal Government representative with appropriate authority to commit them to any outcome.

 

In an address on behalf of the two Labour centres, the TUC’s President said “NLC and TUC express grave concern and disappointment over the Federal Government’s failure to conclude and pass into Law a new National Minimum Wage Act and reverse the vexatious hike in electricity tariff to N65/kwh. Today’s meeting further demonstrated the unseriousness and apparent contempt with which the Nigerian state holds the demands of Nigerian workers and people. No Governor was present and Ministers were absent except the Minister of state for Labour and Employment who doubles as a conciliator.

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“There was none present on the side of the government with appropriate authority to commit them to any outcome; in essence, the government abandoned the meeting.

“We consider this disdainful and it shows a lack of commitment to a successful National Minimum Wage negotiation exercise. You will all recall that during the last May Day celebration on the 1st of May 2024, we issued a clear ultimatum to the Federal Government, demanding the conclusion of this critical exercise by the end of the month. However, there has been no significant progress or commitment from the government towards meeting this demand.”

 

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