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TheNigeria Labour Congress (NLC)in a letter to its state councils had said it was not ready to shift ground on its demand for the consequential adjustment in salaries.
The congress has since ordered its state councils to prepare their minds on industrial action starting from October 16, 2019.
But in what looked like a fierce response to Labour’s plan, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said any attempt by labour to embark on strike would be an exercise in futility.
Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Federal Government negotiating team and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) will meet again on Tuesday after which the first phase of the negotiation
Labour is demanding 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary grade level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17. However, the government had presented a proposal of 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers on grade level 15 to 17.
Labour had recently warned that would not guarantee industrial peace if the Federal Government failed to hold a meeting with it and accept its demand on the consequential salary adjustment before the close of work October 16.
The warning prompted the Federal Government to call a meeting of all stakeholders last Wednesday with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, presiding. At the meeting, all the parties agreed to meet again on October 15 in Abuja.
However, speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, the Ekiti State governor, who is also the NGF’s Chairman, said the strike proposed by labour would be in futility.
Fayemi implored the workers to consider the country’s economy before embarking on the industrial action.