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Efforts to resolve the crisis over the proposed new minimum wage continued on Monday with the leadership of the organised labour attending a meeting at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The meeting which is meant to finalise the agreement over the new minimum wage was begun on Sunday, but the leaders of the labour unions were absent.

They said the invitation for the meeting did not reach them on time.

Speaking on the meeting, Mustapha said the only outstanding issue that needed to be dealt with was to harmonise the 5th chapter of the report and get the figures in for the purposes of submission to government.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari had emphasized that the concern was not only for the welfare of the workers but also that every other thing should be taken on board as it affects the country’s economy.

“So it is a balance of the welfare of the workforce with the effect of the new minimum wage and the economy,” he had said.

The meeting is coming some hours before the commencement of an indefinite strike which the labour unions had scheduled for Tuesday.

The bone of contention is the refusal of the government to pay the N30,000 said to have been agreed upon at the tripartite meeting as the new minimum wage.

Despite the said agreement, governors of the 36 states of the federation had declared that they could only afford to pay N22,500.

The Federal Government has also got a court order to stop the workers from embarking on the strike it threatened, saying it would negatively affect the economy.

The labour unions are however bent on carrying out the strike.

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