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Min­i­mum Wage Saga — NLC, TUC, oth­ers sus­pend strike, Buhari to announce agreed fig­ure

The Niger­ian Labour Con­gress (NLC), Trade Union Con­gress (TUC) and Unit­ed Labour Con­gress (ULC) have sus­pend­ed the planned nation­wide strike.

The indus­tri­al action was sched­uled to com­mence 12am on Tues­day.

The sus­pen­sion was announced Mon­day night in Abu­ja after a closed door meet­ing of Tri­par­tite Com­mit­tee on new min­i­mum wage.

NLC Pres­i­dent, Ayu­ba Wab­ba, explained that the deci­sion was reached after agree­ments and doc­u­ments were signed.

Hav­ing reached this posi­tion and agree­ments signed, the pro­posed strike action is here­by sus­pend­ed,” he said.

Wab­ba, how­ev­er, refused to dis­close the exact fig­ure agreed by the com­mit­tee.

He dis­closed that the amount would only be made pub­lic after pre­sen­ta­tion of the report to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari lat­er in day at 4:15pm.

Accord­ing to online report, the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment agreed to labour’s demand of N30,000 after union lead­ers made it clear that any­thing below that would lead to nation­al shut­down.

Chair­man of the Tri­par­tite Com­mit­tee, Ama Pep­ple, expressed her excite­ment that their assign­ment had been con­clud­ed.

I am hap­py to report to you that we have con­clud­ed our assign­ment and we will sub­mit our report to the Pres­i­dent by 4.15pm on Tues­day.

We will reveal the fig­ure at the pre­sen­ta­tion,” she assured.

Min­is­ter of Labour, Chris Ngige, also said a mutu­al agree­ment on the new min­i­mum wage would be made pub­lic after a meet­ing with the pres­i­dent.

Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the fed­er­a­tion, Boss Mustapha, hailed the res­o­lu­tion of the mat­ter by all par­ties involved.

He added that over­rid­ing inter­est of Nige­ri­ans pre­vailed at the meet­ing.

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