Strike: Govt meets labour leaders, others Thursday

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In its bid to end the strike embarked upon by Nigerian workers to ensure enforcement of a new minimum wage, the Presidency has initiated a meeting with major stakeholders, particularly labour unions.

The strike was started on Thursday and has been having an adverse effect on the economy.

According to the Presidency, a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, October 4 and letter sent out to participants.

“By its tripartite nature, the committee is made up of persons from the public sector, (Federal and State Governments) and the private sector made up of the largest private employer group and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA).

“Other members include the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES),” the Presidency said of those that would take part in the meeting.

The statement was issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

The Presidency said that it had understood that the combined leadership of the unions had met and deliberated on government’s position.

According to the Presidency, they had “now set in motion a process of consultations with their constituent members to determine their next line of action.”

The Presidency gave the assurance that the federal government was doing all it could to ensure that the strike was called off.