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Labour Unions in Nigeria call off nationwide strike

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Fred Dzakpata is a Ghanaian journalist who specializes in business reporting in Africa.
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Labour Unions in Nigeria have called off Tuesday’s planned nationwide strike. They were planning to embark on strike over a new national minimum wage.

The Unions announced the suspension at the end of a meeting of the tripartite committee on Monday. The committee was set up to come up with the new minimum wage.

Local media reports that the decision to suspend the action was reached after agreements were reached.

The Unions have however, refused to disclose the figure of the new minimum wage arrived at by the committee.

The committee chaired by a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Amma Pepple, had recommended two figures, $66 (N24,000) and $82 (N30,000), for minimum wage.

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In the process of negotiation, state governors said they could only pay $62 (N22,500). The Federal Government proposed $66 (N24,000) while the labour and organized private sector settled for $82 (N30,000).

The labour and the Federal Government did not shift ground at Monday’s meeting.

The National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba told the media “Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to consider the rot, he claimed, his administration inherited and call off its planned strike.

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There were fears the strike could bring economic activities in Africa’s most populous country to halt.

 

 

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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