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Labour unions set conditions for minimum wage strike suspension

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have disclosed that the ongoing nationwide strike will continue despite agreements signed with the Federal Government during meeting on the upward review of the minimum wage.

The labour unions said that the strike would only be called off when organs of the workers organizations meet, review and decide that if offers made by the apex government conform with their expectations.

Stance of the labour unions was disclosed on Tuesday through a short statement released on NLC social media handle while affirming that the ongoing strike which has grounded the nation’s economy continues.

“Until we hear from our organs at our meeting scheduled for today, June 4, we are still on strike,” the statement read.

This post camr after a six-hour meeting with the leadership of the organised labour in Abuja, the Federal Government expressed the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to raising the N60,000 offered as the minimum wage.

The agreement stated that, “The President of Nigeria, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is committed to establishing a National Minimum Wage higher than N60,000; and the Tripartite Committee will convene daily for the next week to finalise an agreeable National Minimum Wage.”

The organised labour also agreed to “immediately hold meetings of its organs to consider this new offer, and no worker would face victimisation as a consequence of participating in the industrial action.”

These resolutions were signed on behalf of the Federal Government by Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

Representing the organised labour were the President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, and the President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo.

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