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Labour Suspends Strike for Five Days Amid Government negotiations

Labour Suspends Strike for Five Days Amid Government Talks

Abuja – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have temporarily suspended their strike for five days, as confirmed by an NLC leader in Abuja on Tuesday. The industrial action, which started on Monday, was in response to the Federal Government’s failure to implement a new minimum wage by May 31 and its refusal to reverse increased electricity tariffs.

In a prolonged negotiation session lasting six hours on Monday night in Abuja, the Federal Government, under President Bola Tinubu’s administration, pledged to raise the minimum wage beyond the previously proposed N60,000.

The government’s commitment includes forming a Tripartite Committee that will meet daily over the next week to finalize a new minimum wage agreement.

In return, the labour unions have agreed to hold internal discussions to review the government’s latest offer. They have also ensured that no worker will face punitive measures for participating in the strike.

This accord was formalized by the signatures of Mohammed Idris, Minister of Information and National Orientation, and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment.

The labour centres are expected to release an official statement shortly before further negotiations with the government commence.

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