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Wage Memo Snub: Labour convenes emergency meeting 

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Wage Memo Snub: Labour convenes emergency meeting 

Story from Uji A Iliyasu

The organised labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have convened an emergency meeting over the decision of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to step down the memo on the minimum wage.

The meeting, a top official at the NLC headquarters said, will be held at Labour House at 10:00am on Wednesday 26 June.

The official said it is meant for discussion on the decision of FEC to step down the memo on minimum wage.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr Mohammed Idris, earlier said all 39 items on the agenda of the meeting were all taken except the memo on the minimum wage.

Idris had earlier disclosed that there was a report by the tripartite committee which comprises of local government, states , NLC/ TUC and the federal government, adding that the committee submitted its report, and there was a memo to that effect. Mr Idris however, said FEC could not take a decision on it because it involves local government, states, FG, Organised private sector and labour unions.

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He, therefore, said the memo on the new minimum wage was stepped down so that President Bola Tinubu could consult widely before a final submission is made to the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, an NLC official who pleaded not to be mentioned, said on Tuesday night that the entire leadership of the two labour unions would meet and take a unanimous position before the president takes consultation to them.

“Even though we had a position already, we will meet tomorrow morning, (Wednesday) to fine-tune our position before we’re consulted. It is important for us,” he said.

Members of the organised labour had earlier this month paralysed economic activities across the country with its nationwide strike over disagreement with government on minimum wage that lasted for only two days.

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