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Just in: FG, Organized labour kickoff make or mar meeting to avoid strike Tuesday

Feelers from the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha confided in Business Hilights Bureau Chief in Abuja that all relevant officials of the Nigerian Labour Movement (NLM) and government officials are now attending today’s (Monday) meeting aimed at reaching an agreeable figure on the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The meeting kicked off today at about 11.05AM at the Office of the Secretary General of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha.
It would be recalled that NLM had avoided yesterday’s (Sunday) meeting with different levels of excuses which the federal government has no reason to object.
Some of the organized labours’ reasons were late reception of invitation and probabilities of using official antics and semantics to deceive them into calling off the strike when their target is yet to be met.
A labour official who spoke with Business Hilights correspondent after the failed Sunday meeting in Abuja, averred that the federal government’s court injunction against our resumption of strike action was in bad faith, recalling that a government that has been selective in obeying court orders should not expect any organization or person to obey a court order that suits the same government.
Observers say should there be no understanding at the end of the just resumed meeting today; strike will hold sway from midnight today.
The crux of the matter had been the inability of the government to align with NLM and tripartite resolution of N30,000. Government had been flying the kite of N24,000 while Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) is standing on N22,500, but the organized labour rejected both figures to stand on N30,000 or nothing.