Unions Pause Strike During Minimum Wage Talks

By Joke Kujenya

A FIVE-DAY pause in the ongoing strike, which was launched to demand a new minimum wage and oppose the recent hike in electricity tariffs has been announced, Tuesday, by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).  .

Francis Akinjorin, Deputy National Secretary of the Association of Air Transport Services of Nigeria (ATTSAN), clarified on Tuesday that this action is a temporary relaxation rather than a full suspension.

“We are giving the Federal Government a one-week grace period to test their sincerity,” he stated.

This development follows a joint extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held by the NLC and TUC to determine the next steps in their industrial action.

The strike, which began on June 2, 2024, has seen significant support from workers across various sectors.

During a six-hour meeting with union representatives in Abuja, President Bola Tinubu had expressed his commitment to increasing the national minimum wage, proposing a figure above the current N60,000.

The President assured that the Tripartite Committee would convene daily over the next week to finalize an acceptable new minimum wage.

This current decision, the labour unions said, to temporarily halt the strike aims to provide an opportunity for the government to demonstrate its commitment to addressing the unions’ demands.

It is the final outcome of the ongoing negotiations that will be critical in determining whether the strike will resume after the five-day period.

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