Labour Strike Continues Pending Union Meeting Despite New Minimum Wage Agreement

File image of labour members’parade during strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, that the nationwide strike over minimum wage negotiations is still ongoing. This comes despite an agreement reached on Monday night between organized labour and the federal government to establish a new minimum wage exceeding N60,000.

An NLC post stated, “Until we hear from our organs at our meeting scheduled for today 4th June, we are still on strike.”

On Tuesday, both parties agreed to a new minimum wage above N60,000. This decision followed a meeting held on Monday between representatives from the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the federal government.

The meeting was a response to the indefinite strike called by labour unions demanding a living wage.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, announced the outcome, stating President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to a minimum wage exceeding N60,000. He reassured Nigerians, “We have had a very realistic and patriotic meeting, and the results will be manifesting.”

Akume further explained that a tripartite committee would meet daily throughout the next week to finalize the specific amount of the new minimum wage. He emphasized that labour unions, respecting the President’s commitment, would promptly hold internal meetings to consider this new proposal.

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