Nigerian workers put national strike on hold following a fruitful meeting with president who pledged a N200k minimum wage
Nigerian Labour Congress has confirmed the suspension of its planned strike following the intervention of President Bola Tinubu and the Senate.
The resolution followed the National Executive Council meeting of the Congress, Thursday.
“Protest suspended due to the Senate intervention and meeting with President Tinubu yesternight.” national treasurer, Hakeem Amba said. An emergency meeting was hurriedly called in Abuja the nation capital after workers embarked on a nationwide strike Wednesday paralysing the country.
The workers demanded immediate palliatives to cushion the hardship caused by the removal of fuel subsidy and low value of the Naira. The workers during the nationwide protest demanded a N200k minimum wage per month.
Workers representatives meet President Bola Tinubu
At last month’s National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, the Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission made a presentation on how the federal government can meet up with the demand of N200,000 per month minimum wage.
During the protest in Abuja on Wednesday, angry protesters pulled down the gates of the National Assembly in a bid to gain access to the premises so as to meet with the lawmakers to submit their demands for a N200K minimum wage.
With tensions rising Tinubu called for an emergency meeting.
The NLC president, Joe Ajaero, following the meeting with Tinubu said the President had made some commitments one of which was implementation of a new pay award.
“He pledged to ensure that Agreement is reached on the Wage Award for Nigerian workers immediately.” The NLC press statement after the meeting read.
Tinubu also promised that the Port Harcourt Refinery will commence production by December this year. the statement added.
The NLC said it awaits the government to “fulfil its own part of the understanding.” as they have done their part by calling off the nationwide strike.
Akowe with reports from Abuja
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