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DEADLOCK: Warning strike begins Thursday as FG’s meeting with workers’ unions ends in stalemate

A meeting between the federal government and representatives of the organised labour over the issue of an upward review of the nation’s minimum wage has ended in a deadlock.

The meeting was convened following the declaration of a warning strike by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, was present at the Wednesday’s meeting.

After the meeting, the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said workers across the country should get ready to begin a warning strike with effect from midnight on Wednesday.

The NLC had, on September 12, issued a statement saying that it would begin a nationwide warning strike after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the federal government. That ultimatum will elapse by midnight on Wednesday.

The organised labour is alleging that the federal government is foot-dragging on the issue of the minimum wage review. However, the minister said that the committee will reconvene on October 4, 2018.

Labour is demanding that the national minimum wage be reviewed upward from N18,000 to N56,000.

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