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Nationwide Strike: Federal Govt To Offer Minimum Wage Above N60,000 | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jun 4, 2024

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By Alexandra Dominic-Chukwu


In a significant development, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the leadership of the National Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have reached an agreement to end the nationwide strike that commenced on June 3, 2024.

This consensus follows extensive negotiations and the intervention of the National Assembly.

The is following the ongoing disputes over the proposed National Minimum Wage.

According to a statement jointly singed by both the government and the Labour Union, the federal government said it is committed to implementing a National minimum wage that is higher than N60,000.

The agreement was formalized in Abuja on June 3, 2024, with signatures from representatives of both the Federal Government and organized labour.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, represented the Federal Government of Nigeria.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, and President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, signed on behalf of organized labour.

Recall that organized labour had withdrawn from negotiations and declared a nationwide strike to press their demands for a higher minimum wage of N494,000, while the government is proposing N60,000.

The strike, which began on June 3, 2024, led to widespread disruption across the country, affecting public institutions, hospitals, airports, ministries, and agencies, among others.

In a bid to resolve the impasse, the Federal Government of Nigeria convened a meeting with labour leaders at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the same day the strike began.

The meeting aimed to address the demands of the labour unions and find a mutually acceptable resolution.

After exhaustive deliberations, both parties reached the following resolutions:

To facilitate the higher minimum wage above N60, 000, the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage will meet daily for the next week to finalize an agreeable minimum wage.

In recognition of the President’s commitment, the labour unions will convene a meeting of their respective organs to consider this commitment.

According to the statement, no worker will face victimization as a result of participating in the industrial action.

This agreement marks a critical step towards resolving the labour dispute and restoring normalcy across the affected sectors in Nigeria.

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