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INDUSTRIAL STRIKE: FG OFFERS N60, 000 AS IT SIGNS PACT WITH ORGANISED LABOUR ON NATIONAL WAGE

The organised Labour that comprises the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday.

This was because of the inability of the federal government to pay Nigerian workers a living wage.

At the enforcement of the industrial action on Monday, most business activities, government offices and other workplaces were shut in total compliance to the labour directive.

This led to an intense meeting called by the federal government on Monday evening.

The meeting between leaders of the organised labour and the federal government in Abuja started at 5pm and ended few minutes to 11pm, summing up to 6 hours .

After the meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, announced that the Nigerian Federal Government has signed a fresh agreement with leaders of the organised labour in the country.

The agreement signaled a commitment by President Bola Tinubu to a national minimum wage above N60,000.

Akume said the President is “committed to a national minimum wage that is higher than N60,000.”

Meanwhile, the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage (NMW) will now resume daily meeting for one week to agree on the actual amount for the new minimum wage.

The resolutions reached at the meeting between the federal government and the organised labour held on Monday 3rd June, 2024, reads:

“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.

“2. 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.

“3. 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.

“Done in Abuja on the 3rd of June, 2024.”

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