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Organised Labour Suspends Nationwide Strike for Five Days to Facilitate Minimum Wage Negotiations

June 4, 2024

In a strategic move aimed at fostering uninterrupted negotiations, the Organised Labour has suspended its nationwide strike for five days. This decision allows for focused discussions with the tripartite committee on establishing a new national minimum wage.

A top source within the labour union, who requested anonymity, disclosed this development to Vanguard. The source emphasized that the suspension is a goodwill gesture to ensure that negotiations proceed smoothly and effectively.

Vanguard previously reported on recent resolutions following a crucial meeting between Labour leaders and key government officials, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume. The meeting, held on Monday night, saw Akume reaffirm President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s commitment to increasing the minimum wage to over N60,000.

Akume also assured that no worker would face disciplinary actions for participating in the strike, highlighting the administration’s supportive stance on workers’ rights. He further announced that the tripartite committee would meet daily over the next week to expedite the finalization of the new minimum wage.

Following a scheduled 10 a.m. meeting with the Federal Government’s Tripartite Committee today (Tuesday), Labour decided to suspend the strike. As a result, all government and private offices are expected to resume normal operations immediately.

This development marks a significant step forward in addressing the minimum wage issue, providing a conducive environment for the tripartite committee to work towards a fair and agreeable National Minimum Wage without further disruptions.

 

 

Credit: Vanguard

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