– Organized labour has called off its strike scheduled for November 6
– The strike was called off after the NLC reached an agreement with the federal government on the new minimum wage
– The federal government is suggesting N24,000 as the new minimum wage while the organized labour is insisting on N30,000
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its planned strike action following an agreement reached with the federal government.
The Cable reports that Ayuba Wabba who is the president of the NLC spoke after the tripartite committee meeting held on Monday, November 6.
It was reported that after the long hours of meeting, an agreement was reached followed by the signing of documents.
Wabba said: “Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended.”
Vanguard reports that Ama People who is the chairperson of the committee said the government has suggested N24,000 minimum wage but the NLC insisted on N30,000.
She said: “We have concluded and we have a little challenge with what we call Chapter 5 of our report, that is where we have the numbers and the figures we used for the negotiations and the figures that we concluded with and the committee has two figures: the N24,000 suggested by the federal government and the N30,000 given by the organized labour.
“There is no stalemate. We have finished and we have signed it but we are insisting that the strike must be called off. There are still two figures, N24,000 and N30,000. You know that labour came up with a figure of N66,500 but when we put all that together with the figure we got from the states…so, we put all that in a basket plus the initial figure that the federal government recommended which was N20,700. We put them together in a basket and came up with four scenarios, we worked with one of the scenarios and that was how we agreed on that N24,000 and N30,000 respectively.”
The minister for labour, Chris Ngige, on his part said the committee was working to securing an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “We are making progress. The governors’ figure should be the figure of the federal government. We are just trying to carry them along. That is why we made the discussions ‘tripartite plus’. It is just because we want to carry them along, otherwise the federal government speaks for governments. Yes, the figures are standing but we know that there are other processes. It has to go through the Federal Executive Council, the National Executive Council and the National Council of State, then an Executive Bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly.”
Chris Ngige stated sometimes last year that once the Minimum wage is increased, the NYSC Allowance will also increase. We are still waiting for the official statement about this. We will give you more details later.