Organised Labour makes a U-turn, puts strike on hold for 5-days

Leah TwakiJune 4, 20242 min

Despite initially gearing up for a significant strike to pressure the government, organized labour called off the nationwide strike just 24 hours in, opting for a five-day pause. 

President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo

The Organized Labour has suspended its nationwide strike for five days to facilitate uninterrupted meetings with the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage.

This announcement was made by the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, on Tuesday in Abuja, following a joint extraordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the unions. Osifo mentioned that a communiqué detailing the suspension would be issued shortly.

OrderPaper recalls that the strike, which commenced on Monday, June 3, 2024, was initiated by Labour leaders in response to demands for a higher minimum wage and concerns over an increase in electricity tariffs.

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To address these issues and prevent further industrial action, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, and other government officials met with Labour leaders on Monday. This meeting culminated in a successful resolution, where it was agreed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is committed to implementing a new minimum wage exceeding N60,000.

Additionally, it was resolved that the Tripartite Committee would meet daily for the next week to work towards an agreeable National Minimum Wage. In light of these developments, Labour leaders have agreed to suspend the strike starting today.

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Leah Twaki

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