JUST IN: Labour, FG to reconvene negotiations on September 4

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Nigeria Labour Congress

Labour unions and the federal government will continue negotiations on September 4.

The negotiators adjourned to the new date to allow President Buhari to wade into the disagreement – Both parties had agreed to consider their stance and allow the president to decide on the issue.

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and representatives of the federal government will reconvene on September 4 to continue negotiations on the new national minimum wage.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the negotiators adjourned to the new date to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the disagreement of relativity and consequential adjustments on the new minimum wage.

The meeting, which held in Abuja on Friday, August 23, had the Permanent Secretaries of finance and labour ministries, as well as representative of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission in attendance. Lawrence Amaechi, one of the Labour leaders in the negotiations, told NAN that both parties had agreed to consider their stance and allow the president to decide on the issue.

“Both parties are holding on to their different positions on the relativity/consequential adjustment of salaries. We shall submit that stance to Mr President to enable him wade into the matter. “We have, however, adjourned till September 4, to get the outcome from the team expected to take our positions to the President,” he said.

Amaechi, who is also the National President, Nigeria Civil Service Union, said that payment of the new minimum wage was long overdue, urging the government to be proactive to avoid arrears which could create another round of agitations by workers.

Mr Richard Egbule, the immediate past Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, headed the government side. NAN recalls that the new minimum wage bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April.

However, deliberations continued as the issue of relativity/consequential adjustment of salaries still persisted.