The joint negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and the organized labour on the Consequential Adjustment on the new minimum wage was last night adjourned to today to resume by 2PM.
Already both the Federal Government and the organized have adjusted their positions on the Consequential Adjustment. While the federal government has offered to make consequential movement of workers from Grade Level 7-14 to 17 percent from its initial 11 percent and 12 percent for Grade Level 15-17 from 6.5 percent, the organized labour also shifted its position of 29 percent for consequential movement of GL-7-14 to 25 percent and 20 percent for GL15-17 from 25 percent.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige at the end of the meeting said that discussion will continue today as a result of exigency of the time.
the Deputy President of NLC, Comrade Amaechi Asugwuni said, “Negotiation is still ongoing even though we actually thought negotiations will be concluded today but we can’t predict the negotiations, therefore, adjournment became necessary.” To the best of our knowledge, the struggle will still continue. Tomorrow (today), we will meet by 2 pm and that meeting will also determine fate.
I pray we will close that meeting positively. “So far, commitment has been shown but we believe that the areas that are still in the contest are critical. Therefore, we want the government to see how they can shift ground positively in order to mitigate the agitation ahead.
However, a document obtained from the state chairman of Trade Union Congress Austin Jonah says the meeting ended up without an agreement why because government is still moving slowly like snail and there are a lot of grey areas that need further clarifications.
He said another meeting is fixed for 2pm today, let’s keep on the Outlook for it‘’