Nationwide strike in Nigeria over minimum wage called off after talks with government

By: Michael Eli Dokosi   

Nigeria’s Labour Unions have called off their planned nationwide strike on Tuesday after talks with the Nigerian government.

The Unions have been demanding a new minimum wage to reflect cost of living expenditure and announced the suspension at the end of a meeting of the tripartite committee on Monday.

Reports suggest the Trades Union made up of labour and organized private sector want a minimum wage of $82 (N30,000) whiles the federal government was gunning for $66 (N24,000) but it does appear a deal has been reached which satisfies both parties although the figure is being guarded.

The National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba told the media: “Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to consider the rot, he claimed, his administration inherited and call off its planned strike.