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NLC suspends warning strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its nationwide warning strike, as the union says the Federal Government is ready for negotiations.

The announcement of the suspension was made on Sunday by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba.

“The suspension takes effect from today Sunday,” he said.

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He said the strike is being called off as a result of the firm and formal assurance of the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage.

The suspension means workers are expected to resume duties on Tuesday as Monday has been declared a public holiday by the federal government to mark the October 1 Independence Day.

The workers are demanding a new minimum wage of about N50,000 instead of the current national minimum wage of N18,000.
Most state governors as well as proponents of true federalism have, however, argued that states should be allowed to set their own minimum wage especially as many states are barely able to pay the current N18,000 current minimum wage.

On Wednesday, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, said the union was open to dialogue on the strike.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, then assured the unions that the tripartite committee will reconvene to complete its negotiation.

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