JUST-IN: Labour Relaxes Strike For One Week

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Organised Labour comprising of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has agreed to relax it’s strike action for one week with immediate effect, to allow the minimum wage negotiations continue.

The resolution was reached during a joint emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting by both unions on Tuesday.

A source who confirmed the new development to our correspondent, however failed to give much details, as he noted that an official announcement would be made soonest.

Recall that the NLC had taken to its official X handle earlier today that the strike was still ongoing pending when they hear from their organs at a meeting scheduled to hold today, Tuesday.

“Until we hear from our organs at our meeting scheduled for today 4th June, we are still on strike,” it noted.

The NLC said this after the federal government declared its readiness to offer higher than N60,000 national minimum wage it earlier proposed to the tripartite committee deliberating on the issue.

The government’s decision was disclosed at a meeting of the committee convened on Monday night by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), after the Organised Labour embarked on indefinite strike to press its demand on the new minimum wage.

“In a circular jointly issued by the committee members at the end of the meeting, it was disclosed that President Bola Tinubu expressed his commitment to a national minimum wage that is higher than N60,000.

The circular partly read: “Arising from the above, the tripartite committee is to meet every day for the next one week with a view to arriving at an agreeable national minimum wage.

“Labour in deference to the high esteem of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria’s commitment in above undertakes to convene a meeting of its organs immediately to consider this commitment.

“The committee also resolved that no worker will be victimised as a result of the industrial action.”

Recall that following the negotiation by the tripartite committee on new minimum wage and subsequent withdrawal of Labour from negotiation and its indefinite strike, the government had convened the meeting with the unions

More details later…

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