New minimum wage: Nigerian Labour Congress suspends strike
Abuja, September 30, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The organised labour in Nigeria has suspended ongoing industrial action with effect from today, Sunday, September 30.
Wabba said that the organised labour had got firm commitment from the government, that the Tripartite Committee of the Minimum Wage Committee would reconvene on October 4.
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.
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.
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