The federal government has described labour’s fourteen-day ultimatum as “a subtle blackmail” to stampede the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage.
The Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, Ngige said it is not true that the federal government is trying to stall negotiations.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari would not have set up a committee if the federal government is not interested in reviewing the national minimum wage.
The minister also noted that he had requested for two weeks from the committee to enable the federal government delegation consult with state government delegation. He said the chairperson of tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage will lead a delegation today to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the negotiations so far.
Ngige said there is no cause for alarm, adding that federal government is working to ensure the implementation of the minimum wage as soon as possible.