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Tinubu moves to avert industrial strike, reaches out to TUC for negotiation

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the weekend reached out to labour unions to diffuse the tension generated by his decision to end payment of subsidy on petrol. To demonstrate its good intentions, Federal Government team said it was ready to consider list of demands from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), particularly on the issue of minimum wage.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting between the Federal Government and the TUC which lasted for about three hours, Dele Alake, the FG spokesman said that the government will also look at the practicability of the demands.

He said that most fundamentally, President Tinubu, will constitute a tripartite committee which include states and the organised labour and the private sector to study the dynamics of the minimum wage augmentation to reach an amicable conclusion.

He further explained that there is no disagreement with the NLC over their demand for a review of the minimum wage or a return to status quo, noting that the FG representatives will meet with the President to crystallize decisions on the demands.

He added that the absence of the NLC does not translate to an isolation of the group in the discussion but that the FG is making efforts to reach them, as the parties agreed to reconvene on Tuesday, 24 hours before a scheduled strike by the NLC.

Meanwhile the TUC has maintained that the Federal Government, in the interest of social dialogue, revert the price of fuel while discussions continue.

President of the TUC, Festus Osifo, said the union is hopeful as the Federal Government promised to look into their demands, top of which is a review of the current minimum wage among others.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting between the Federal Government and the TUC which lasted for about three hours, spokesperson for the Federal government, Dele Alake, said that the government will also look at the practicability of the demands.

He said that most fundamentally the President, Bola Tinubu, will constitute a tripartite committee to include states and the organised labour and the private sector to study the dynamics of the minimum wage augmentation to reach an amicable conclusion.

He further explained that there is no disagreement with the NLC over their demand for a review of the minimum wage or a return to status quo, noting that the FG representatives will meet with the President to crystallize decisions on the demands.

He added that the absence of the NLC does not translate to an isolation of the group in the discussion but that the FG is making efforts to reach them, as the parties agreed to reconvene on Tuesday, 24 hours before a scheduled strike by the NLC.

Meanwhile the TUC has maintained that the Federal Government, in the interest of social dialogue, revert the price of fuel while discussions continue.

President of the TUC, Festus Osifo, said the union is hopeful as the Federal Government promised to look into their demands, top of which is a review of the current minimum wage among others.

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