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Minimum wage: Labour, Kwara govt meeting ends in deadlock

* Union asks members to observe three days fasting

The meeting between Organised Labour under the aegis of Kwara Joint Labour Congress (KJLC) and Kwara State Government on the new minimum wage on Tuesday ended in deadlock.

KJLC, in a communiqué jointly signed by Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC), Aliyu Issa Ore, Kolawole Olumoh and Saliu Suleiman respectively, said its meeting with the state government on the new minimum wage has hit brick walls.

The congress has given the state government 14 days ultimatum, effective from January 31st this year, to meet its demands.

It has also enjoined its members to observe three days fasting and prayers between 5th and 7th February, for their demands on the minimum wage to be met.

In the communiqué jointly signed by the trio, it stated: “the movement in Kwara state wishes to debunk the submission of the Commissioner of Finance that the committee has concluded on the table for the new minimum wage.

“The labour representatives at the committee rejected the table presented by the government in totality and wish to inform the workers that its meeting ended in deadlock”.

It added that in view of that, the labour movement should not be held responsible for any industrial action that may be deployed to press home its legitimate demands.

The communiqué stated that “the entire workers in the state appreciated the unity/doggedness and resoluteness of the labour leaders and promised their full support to achieve their set goals.

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