Minimum Wage: Labour Union suspends strike


By Matthew Denis and Kayode Adeoti

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its industrial action with effect from yesterday.

The strike which was embarked upon last Thursday was on the heels of the agitation for the implementation of N56,000 new minimum wage.

During the Channels Television news monitored last night in Ilorin, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba said the industrial action has been suspended.

According to him, the organised labour has been assured by the government that the Tripartite Committee of the Minimum Wage Committee would reconvene on October 4, 2018.

“We demand that this shall be the final session of the committee and a final report will be submitted to President immediately.

“In order to avail the committee of the necessary conducive environment to hold this crucial meeting and conclude its work, organised labour has decided to suspend the strike action with effect from today, Sunday September 30, 2018,” he said.

With this development, workers are expected to resume on Tuesday, as Monday has been declared a public holiday by the federal government to mark the October 1 Independence Day.

Recall organised labour is demanding the sum of N56,000 minimum wage for workers against the current N18,000 being paid.

In a related development, the Kwara State Chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have called on workers to resume tomorrow (Tuesday) after the two days nationwide industrial action.

Recall that the unions on Friday shutdown Federal and Kwara State secretariats, Governor’s office, state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), commercial and microfinance banks among other places in the state.

Speaking with our reporter yesterday, the Kwara State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Yekeen Agunbiade said, ” the strike has been called off by our headquarters therefore we are calling on our workers to resume work tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Chairman appreciated the workers for their cooperation while assuring them that the national executive committee is working assiduously to ensure a reasonable wage that will commensurate with the economic reality is agreed upon.

Also speaking, the Chairman of TUC, Comrade Kolawole Nasir Olumoh called on his colleagues to resume work on Tuesday pending on the outcome of the tripartite committee meeting with the federal government on Thursday.

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