Nigeria Labour suspends nationwide strike over Minimum wage

…Work to resume Tuesday after public holiday

The strike embarked upon by the labour movement across the Nation has been suspended following the commitment by the federal government for the tripartite committee established to fashion out the minimum wage to conclude their work.

The Nigrerian Labour Congress(NLC) and other labour unions had on September 26 called out their members to strike following the failure of federal government and state governments to reconvene the tripartite committee to conclude her assignment.

The suspension was announced on Sunday,September 30 in Abuja at a Press conference by the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba.

“The suspension takes effect from today Sunday,” he said.

The suspension would now see workers resume duties on Tuesday as Monday has been declared a public holiday by the federal government to mark the October 1 Independence Day.

The workers are demanding a new minimum wage of about N50,000 instead of the current national minimum wage of N18,000.

Indeed,most state governors as well as proponents of true federalism have,come out to argue against same declaring that the states should be allowed to set their own minimum wage especially as so many states are still struggling to pay the current N18,000 current minimum wage.

On Wednesday, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, said the union was open to dialogue on the strike.

“Our demand is that the tripartite negotiating council should be called back to conclude its assignment on minimum wage.” NLC President said.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, has assured the unions that the tripartite committee will reconvene to complete its negotiation.

Hear the Minister:“Before the meeting on October 4, all necessary demands by organised labour would have been factored in,”.

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