JUST IN: NLC suspends Nationwide Strike Action

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that the Nigerian  Labour Congress has suspended its ongoing strike.

The strike commenced on September 26.

The National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, announced the suspension of the strike at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

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

The suspension means workers are expected to 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.

Most state governors as well as proponents of true federalism have, however, argued that states should be allowed to set their own minimum wage especially as many states are barely able to pay the current N18,000 current minimum wage.

Labour officials during strike action

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.” Mr Wabba said.

L-R: Sunday Salako, 1st deputy president TUC, Musa Lawal, Secretary General TUC, Ayuba Wabba, NLC

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

“Before the meeting on October 4, all necessary demands by organised labour would have been factored in,” Mr Ngige said.

Details later…

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