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Nigeria: Labour Unions Suspend Strike For Five Days After Total National Shutdown

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A day after complete shutdown of the Nigerian economy and government activities, Organized Labour in Nigeria has decided to suspend its nationwide strike for a period of five days.

This move aims to facilitate uninterrupted meetings with the tripartite committee responsible for negotiating the new national minimum wage.

The decision was disclosed by a reliable source within the labour union leadership, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Earlier, discussions regarding the minimum wage had taken place between labour leaders and government officials, including Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) George Akume.

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During these discussions, Akume confirmed the commitment of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to pay more than N60,000 as the minimum wage.

He also assured workers that there would be no repercussions for their participation in the strike.

The tripartite committee is now set to convene daily over the next week to finalize the details of the new minimum wage.

As a result of the scheduled meeting with the FG Tripartite Committee on Tuesday, the decision to suspend the strike was reached.

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Consequently, both government and private offices are expected to reopen and operate as usual.

This development represents a significant step toward resolving the minimum wage issue and ensuring a fair National Minimum Wage for workers across Nigeria.

Nigerian labour unions, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), had on Monday declared indefinite strike over collapsed negotiations over minimum wage and electricity tariff hike between the government and the workers which led to total paralysis of government activities nationwide.

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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