Leaders of the organized labour were absent at a meeting with officials of the Federal Government on Sunday.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boos Mustapha said the planned meeting was part of efforts that ought to be undertaken as part of ongoing negotiation.

He revealed that 27 of the 36 States were having difficulty in the payment of the basic minimum wage that was agreed. He admitted that he was not making excuses for them.

He said ” Basically, the only outstanding issue to be dealt with was the harmonisation of the 5th chapter of the report, and thereafter get the figures to be submitted to the government.

“The inaugural speech by Mr President included some very salient points, that caused me to reflect on the work of this committee, and one of it is that there is emphasis that the committee will by consensual agreement arrival at all their decisions and I think that was very important.

“Mr president went further to emphasis that the concern is not only for the welfare of the workers but also every other thing should be taken on board as it affects the county’s economy.

“So, it is a balance of the welfare of the workforce with the effect of the new Minimum Wage on the economy.

Labour had insisted that it will go ahead with the nationwide industrial action on November 6.

Meanwhile, Mr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC) told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN that members of the organised labour got the invitation to the meeting late.

“But hopefully, we will be around for tomorrow’s (Monday) meeting by 11a.m,” he said.

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