Strike: FG meets NLC, TUC, agrees to pay minimum wage above N60,000

The federal government Monday had a marathon meeting with the officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria to end the indefinite strike by Nigerian workers.

The NLC and TUC, the umbrella bodies of senior and juniors workers, on Monday commenced an indefinite industrial action over disagreement with the government over minimum wage increase and electricity tariffs.

A resolution signed at the end of the tripartite meeting said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to a national minimum wage that is higher than N60,000.

The resolutions, signed by the Minister of Information and National Orientation Mr Mohammed Idris, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, NLC president Mr Joe Ajaero and his TUC counterpart, read: “Further to the negotiation by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (NMW) and subsequent withdrawal of Labour from negotiation, the Leadership of the National Assembly intervened on 2nd June, 2024. The Organised Labour declared nationwide strike on Monday, 3rd June, 2024 to drive home its demands.

“The Federal Government, in the National interest, convened a meeting with Labour held in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, on Monday 3rd June, with a view to ending the strike action.

“After exhaustive deliberation and engagement by both parties, the following resolutions were reached:
“I. The President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria is committed to a National Minimum Wage that is higher than N60,000;
“II. Arising from the above, the Tripartite Committee is to meet everyday for the next one week with a view to arriving at an agreeable National Minimum Wage;
“III. Labour in deference to the high esteem of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria’s commitment in (ii) above undertakes to convene a meeting of its organs immediately to consider this commitment; and IV. No worker would be victimized as a result of the industrial action.”

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