The planned nationwide indefinite strike by the Organised Labour has been suspended after a fruitful dialogue with the Federal Government officials at the Presidential Villa Abuja, on Sunday.
The meeting, which lasted for four hours, resolved the contentious issue of the minimum wage for workers in the country.
According to AIT, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, who spoke to newsmen after the meeting, revealed that the Federal Government has agreed to implement the N25,000 minimum wage announced by President Bola Tinubu in his Independence Day anniversary broadcast for all workers, regardless of their grade levels.
This was a major concession from the initial position of the government, which had proposed to pay the new minimum wage only to “low-grade workers”.
The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) will now consult with their respective organs across the country to formally announce the suspension of the indefinite industrial action, which was scheduled to commence from midnight of Tuesday, October 3.
The strike would have crippled economic activities and caused hardship for millions of Nigerians.
The meeting between the Labour leaders and the Federal Government officials, led by the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, will continue on Monday to discuss other issues relating to fuel subsidy removal interventions.
The Labour unions had demanded that the government should provide palliatives for Nigerians to cushion the effects of the fuel price hike and deregulation of the downstream sector.