Upon the threat posed from the organised labour that they can’t give an assurance that there will be an industrial peace, if the Federal Government won’t comply to its demand regarding the implementation of the new minimum wage by October 16, 2019.
However, the FG is still planning to set up a team for the negotiation with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council.
According to Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, while accommodating the labour leaders in Abuja on September 28, said a new government team would be reconstituted to take over from the former which was chaired by Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
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In the course of their visit in Abuja, Ngige explained that he as well as other ministers in the previous negotiating committee couldn’t join the first set of the negotiation on the fact that the cabinet was dissociated and the permanent secretaries were placed in charge of the ministers’ place in the team.
“The former team set by the government did some recognisable progress and assured that the newly proposed team would come to an agreement with the organised labour towards the new minimum wage implementation.
Information gathered, however, revealed that “There’s no certainty that a new team will be set up this week. The presidency has been busy with the 2020 budget presentation for now. The government is yet to constitute a committee. At the moment, no committee has been set, and there is no inkling on when it should be completed.”