Labour Suspends Nationwide Strike, Gives Update

The Nigeria Labour Congress has suspended its seven-day warning strike following promises by the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on national minimum wage on October 4, 2018.

The labour movement said the suspension took effect from Sunday, and further directed its affiliate unions and state councils to maintain “a high level of mobilisation and readiness until the struggle for a reasonable minimum wage is achieved.”

Announcing the decision in Abuja on Sunday, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated that the labour action was suspended to enable the tripartite committee to hold its crucial meeting and conclude its work.

The workers are demanding a new minimum wage of about N50,000 instead of the current national minimum wage of N18, 000.

Wabba, who was flanked by other labour leaders, said the unions had received a formal invitation to a meeting of the tripartite committee scheduled for October 4 and 5.

He stated that the two-day meeting would be the final session of the committee after which a final report would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NLC President said, “We invite you here today (Sunday) to inform you that we have received a firm and formal invitation to a reconvened meeting of the tripartite committee scheduled for the 4th and 5th of October, 2018.

“We demand that this shall be the final session of the committee and that a final report will be submitted to Mr President immediately.”

He added, “In order to avail the committee the necessary conducive environment to hold this crucial meeting and conclude its work, organised labour has, after obtaining the mandate of their necessary organs, decided to suspend the strike action with effect from Sunday, September 30, 2018.”