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Strike continues, but may end by close of Tuesday

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Details are yet unclear, but indications are that organised labour may suspend its indefinite strike by close of work on Tuesday after a meeting of its ratifying organs.

Everyday.ng reports that after an agreement on Monday night, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the strike continues Tuesday until their organs met.

A statement by both parties states: “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 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.”

The NLC, in a post on X, on Tuesday said the industrial action remained on until Tuesday’s meeting of organs of the union where all resolutions of Monday’s meeting were expected to be reviewed.

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

Both government and Labour have been at daggers-drawn over an appropriate monthly minimum wage. Government offered N60,000, and Labour has continued to angle for N494,000.

Meantime, the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, NSIWC, has summoned a meeting of the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage for Tuesday, June 4.

The last meeting of the committee came to an abrupt end last week after Labour disagreed with the offer of a minimum wage of N60,000. In anger, the workers called for the ongoing strike action that has brought the country to its knees.

Below is the agreement by both parties:

 

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