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Minimum wage: FG, Labour should find middle ground, says Saraki

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Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday appealed to the Federal Government and the organized labour to take steps to find a middle ground to avert the looming industrial action by members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over new minimum wage.

Saraki also urged Government and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) to work together in order to avert the proposed workers’ strike in the interest of the country.

The Senate President in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, asked the two sides to demonstrat

Saraki said, “My Appeal is for the two sides to immediately move fast, shift from their extreme positions and create a new middle ground in the negotiations for the new minimum wage. The shift in positions can be done even before the period of the commencement of the proposed strike action so that we do not further create tension within the economy.

“At this point, the interest of the people should be paramount in our minds. Any labour strike will cause inconvenience and discomfort to our people. While the government and labour are representing the interest of the people, it is important to also ensure we avoid any action that will not show sensitivity and sensibility to the plight of the people”, Saraki stated.

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