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Minimum wage: NLC, TUC resume talks with FG after strike suspension



Organised labour unions have resumed talks with the federal government on Tuesday. 

This came a few hours after the unions suspended the nationwide strike. 

A top official said: “We are going back to negotiation but if no agreement is reached, we will resume strike.”

The industrial action which started on Monday paralysed economic and government activities across the nation for two days.

Earlier before this suspension of the industrial action, the federal government and organized labour, on Tuesday, had agreed to establish a new minimum wage exceeding N60,000. This decision was made at the conclusion of a meeting held on Monday between leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and federal government representatives.

The agreement stated, “The President of Nigeria, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is committed to establishing a National Minimum Wage higher than N60,000; and the Tripartite Committee will convene daily for the next week to finalise an agreeable National Minimum Wage.”

The organised labour also agreed to “immediately hold meetings of its organs to consider this new offer, and no worker would face victimisation as a consequence of participating in the industrial action.”

These resolutions were signed on behalf of the Federal Government by Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

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