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Organised Labour Unions Suspend Industrial Action

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The industrial action earlier planned for Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by the organised labour unions in Nigeria has been called off.

The action was cancelled on Monday night after a marathon meeting with representatives of government and the organised private sector.

The labour unions had asked Nigerians to prepared for an indefinite strike after government failed to agree to the N30,000 proposed as the new national minimum wage.

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After the meeting on Monday night, national president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, said agreements were reached during the tripartite committee set up to come up with the new minimum wage, with the documents to be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by 4:30pm on Tuesday.

“Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the labour leader said.

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It was gathered that two figures were proposed in the documents to be submitted to Mr Buhari today; N24,000 and N30,000.

However, Mr Wabba refused to disclose the figure of the new minimum wage arrived at by the committee.

Business Post reports that the present national minimum wage is N18,000 and it should have been reviewed in 2016, going by the constitution, which provides for a review of the national minimum wage every five years.

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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