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The Minister of Labour Dr Chris Ngige has shifted the meeting with the executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which was earlier scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2019 to Wednesday, October 2019.
InfomediaNG gathered that the meeting was meant to pacify the labour union over its planned strike if the government failed to implement the N30, 000 minimum wage bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2019 general elections.
NLC had announced that it would shut down the economy if the APC-led government failed to implement the national minimum wage.
We’re ready to shut down the economy- NLC
In the meantime, the NLC was planning to shut down the economy if after October 11 meeting didn’t yield a positive result, but the FG postponed it a few hours before the commencement of the crucial meeting.
We gathered that the NLC had mobilised its members and workers to prepare to embark on industrial strike midnight of Wednesday.
In the last few days, Ngige and members of the National Assembly and other top government officials had been meeting to avert the embarrassing strike.
NLC said it’s unhappy over the delay tactics employed by the government, stating that the APC-led government was only shifting the evil.
The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comd. Quadri Olaleye said the Senate Committee and the minister met with organised labour but there was no resolution.
He said, “The chairman, Senate Committee on labour also tried to consult, to look for a soft landing and how to resolve the issue before the deadline, but I can tell you so far so good, there has not been any resolution, there has not been any positive discussion. So, labour still maintained the mandate likewise the ultimatum given.”
Recall that the NLC had threatened to embark on strike if President Muhammadu Buhari reappoint Ngige as the Labour Minister, as the former Anambra State governor didn’t have it smooth with the labour from 2015 to 2019.
He was one of the 43 ministers sworn by Buhari on August 21, 2019 at the Aso Villa, Abuja.