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FG Vs Organised Labour: Find Common Ground For Benefit of All – Bishop Onuoha

The President and Founder, Vision Africa International, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has appealed to the Federal Government and Organised Labour to find a common ground in their ongoing negotiations on a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

Recall that Organised Labour commenced indefinite strike action on Monday over Federal Government’s unwillingness to agree to Labour’s N494,000 new Minimum Wage.

On Tuesday, after a marathon meeting on Monday night between the Federal Government and Organised Labour, the Labour Unions agreed to relax the strike action to give room for un-interrupted discussions between FG and Organised Labour, but warned that it will not take little addition to the N60,000 Minimum Wage agreed by the Federal Government.

Reacting to the development on Wednesday via a statement he personally signed and made available to newsbuka.com.ng, Bishop Onuoha who was the candidate of The African Democratic Congress, (ADC), in the 2023 Governorship election in Abia State, congratulated the two parties for agreeing to return to the negotiation table.

The Methodist Bishop, who emphasized the importance of peaceful negotiations, said through round table discussions, the Federal Government and Organised Labour will agree on a suitable and realistic new minimum wage for the Nigeria worker which will be in conformity with the current realities.

He enjoined both parties to make openness and sincerity of purpose their watch-word, expressing optimism that at the expiration of the one week notice by Organised Labour, both parties would have resolved their differences for the benefit of the country and her economy.

The Global Peace Award Winner 2013, lauded the Organised Labour for heeding the voice of wisdom and realizing that it is better to jaw jaw than to war war just as he appreciated President Bola Tinubu for showing commitment and directing the Finance Minister to present the cost implications for a new minimum wage within two days which started from yesterday.

The statement reads:”I am happy that the Federal Government and Organised Labour agreed to resume negotiations. It is a remarkable feat in the sense that at the end of the day, what is paramount is that the Nigerian worker is considered, given a minimum wage that will somehow reflect the current realities.

“The action of both parties in the negotiation has also shown that there is nothing dialogue cannot achieve if parties involved tow the path of negotiation. While I commend the Organised Labour for relaxing the strike for five days, I also laud President Tinubu for showing commitment and directing the Finance Minister to present the cost implications for a new minimum wage within two days which started from yesterday.

“What is key is that at the end of deliberations, the Nigerian worker will be better off than before” he concluded.

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