As the deadline dawns on the industrial action over the minimum wage agreement between Labour and the Federal Government, both sides have not reached a consensus.
Labour had resorted to the strike option from Wednesday, Oct. 17 if the government failed to reach a consensus with it on Oct. 16. The wrangling bothers on the consequential adjustments of the minimum wage.
At the meeting, the organised labour and representatives of the Federal Government broke into discussions. The discussions centred on considerations of both positions on the minimum wage.
However, the meeting which commenced by 5pm failed to reach any agreement. This was in spite of the break-out session by both government and labour teams.
As at the time of filling this report, both groups were still neck-deep in breakout sessions. It remains unclear if the on-going discussions will lead to a recourse to strike after the suspension of the proposed industrial action.
Labour had put its state chapters and all workers on notice for the commencement of the strike on Wednesday.
Organised labour is demanding 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.
However, the Federal Government, presented a proposal of 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14. Also, it had recommended a 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.