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FG, Labour to reconvene meeting

The negotiation meeting between the Federal Government and the leadership of the organised labour on consequential salary adjustment for Grade Level 7 to 17 has been adjourned to reconvene by 2 pm Wednesday in Abuja.

The meeting which commenced at about 3 pm has the Minister of Labour & Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Kyamo, Acting Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and representatives of relevant government ministries and agencies are on the government side in the negotiation.

While organised labour is led by the Deputy NLC President, Comrade Amechi Asugwuni, NLC Gen Sec, Com Emmanuel Ugbuaja, TUC President, Quadri Olaleye & TUC Gen Sec. Com Musa Lawal and other labour leaders.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour &  Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said the discussion was honest with facts laid bared on the table to enable the meeting arrived at an amicable resolution of the salary adjustment for different grade levels of workers.

The Deputy NLC President, Com. Amechi Asugwuni who spoke on behalf of the workers explained that though the government has shifted grounds but there were grey areas that still need to be ironed out, hence the need for the adjournment.

The Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan noted the commitment of the labour leaders to reach agreement on the issue of salary adjustment and expressed confidence that both government and the labour would be on the same page when the meeting reconvenes tomorrow.

Investigations by Radio Nigeria revealed that the Federal Government has offered to pay 17% increment for workers on grade level 7 to 14 while those on grade level 15 to 17 would receive 12% increment.

Meanwhile, the organised labour has also shifted its position from 29% to 25% for workers on GL 7 to 14 and 20% for workers on grade level 15 to 17.

Joseph Agi

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