Organised labour has announced a suspension of its planned nationwide strike, earlier scheduled to commence midnight of Tuesday.
National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, who announced the decision late Monday at the end of a meeting of the tripartite committee set up to decide on a new minimum wage, said the decision to suspend the action was reached after agreements were reached and documents signed.
“Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the labour leader said.
On the part of government, Chairman of the Tripartite committee, Ama Pepple, said the report will be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
“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.
Both parties to the negotiation did not, however, reveal the figure of the new minimum wage arrived at by the committee.
“We will reveal the figure at the presentation,” Pepple said.
The workers have been pressing for an increase in the minimum wage from the current figure of N18,000, and had reached an agreement in a tripartite committee set up to address the issue to increase the wage to N30,000, but the Federal government insisted on N24,000, citing meagre resources and capacity to pay as reasons for its position.
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Journalist, Analyst and Social Change Advocate with major interest in Nigerian Politics, Governance and Sports.