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Presidency speaks on NLC strike.

The presidency on Thursday in Abuja said the federal government is yet to take a decisive position on the ongoing nationwide industrial action.

The chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, during a meeting with union leaders, said the purpose of the meeting is to understand what led to the strike.

According to Mr Kyari, What led to the strike was not the figure of the minimum wage but the process to arrive at the figure, which was stuck.

“It is the process of arriving at the figures that stalled the negotiations,” he said.

Mr Kyari said the government has not made a position yet.

In his response, the national leader of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, said the federal government made a promise to the unions.

Mr Wabba however, did not disclose the nature of the promise made by Mr Kyari.

“The chief of staff tried to give us details of government’s position which we will have to go and convey to our members and then we can revert back to him,” Mr Wabba said.

He said the federal government has given the unions its word while noting that the union would communicate with their members and revert back to the government.

“This is how far we have gone but clearly I think we have tried to share details of the information that pertain to the issue of the national minimum wage and how the ongoing negotiation was stalled and also the best way to get out of it,” he said.


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