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NLC calls off nationwide strike

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended the ongoing industrial action, which it asked worker to embark on, on September 26.

The National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

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

Labour leaders were demanding for a new minimum wage of about N50,000 instead of the current N18,000 wage. According to them, the old minimum wage can no longer sustain workers due to the increased pump price, transportation and food stuff et all.

At meeting with government, labour leaders on Wednesday said they were still open to negotiations.

“Our demand is that the tripartite negotiating council should be called back to conclude its assignment on minimum wage.” Wabba said.

The minister of labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, however, assured the unions that; “Before the meeting on October 4, all necessary demands by organised labour would have been factored in.”

With the announcement, workers are expected to resume duties on Tuesday, due to the public holiday on Monday to mark the October 1 Independence Day.