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Organised Labour suspends strike in Nigeria for 7 days

*Festus Osifo, President of the Trade Union Congress, affirms a joint extraordinary National Executive Council meeting of the Labour Unions has approved to relax the industrial action for a week with immediate effect

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Organised Labour – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) – has suspended its national strike across the country.

ConsumerConnect reports the workers Monday, June 3, 2024, began a national industrial action, following failed discussions with the Federal Government, States and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) on a new Minimum Wage and recent hike in electricity tariffs.

Mr. Festus Osifo, President of TUC, confirmed this development Tuesday, June 4, in Abuja, FCT, after a joint extraordinary national executive council meeting of the Labour Unions.

Osifo stated: “A joint NEC meeting of TUC/NLC has approved to relax the industrial action for one week with immediate effect.”

According to the Labour leader, the Unions will issue a communique on their decision thereafter.

It is recalled the NLC and TUC early Monday, had commenced a nationwide industrial action to register their grievances over the recent increase in electricity tariff, and lack of consensus on a new National Minimum Wage.

However, the Unions’ strike grounded several activities in critical sectors of the economy with schools, businesses, hospitals, and airports shut.

Likewise, the workers reportedly stormed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to commandeer the staff on duty to shut national grid supplying electricity to several millions of consumers, thereby throwing the entire West African country into darkness.

Electricity supply has not been retired to homes, businesses and organisations across Nigeria as of the time of filing this report evening Tuesday, June 4.

Earlier, the NLC and TUC had argued the decision to shut the Nigerian economy was sequel to the expiration of May 31 deadline for “an agreement” on a new Minimum Wage.

Amid the negotiations with the government and other stakeholders before strike, the Labour had rejected three offers, the latest being ₦60,000.

The leadership of the Organised Labour last week subsequently, pulled out of negotiations, still insisting on ₦494,000 as the new Minimum Wage.

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