[Nigeria] Organised Labour Suspends Strike Over Non-Implementation Of Minimum Wage

17 FEB 2020

The Organised Labour in Niger has suspended the strike it began on February 4 over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage, Pulse Nigeria reports.

The strike was called off on Sunday after resolutions were reached between the state government and labour.

The suspension was announced in a statement by Mr Yakubu Garba - Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) - and Yunusa Tanimu his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart in Minna.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) says the labour unions had directed their members to start an indefinite strike over non-implementation of the new national minimum wage and other entitlements.

“We are happy to announce to you that the series of rigorous meetings and negotiations between Niger state government and organised labour has finally yielded results.

“As is traditional with the principle of collective bargaining, both parties made concessions in the interest of sustainability and progress of Niger state.”

It said the government and organised labour had resolved that the discussion on pension issues resumed immediately.

The statement said it was agreed that the Ministries of Finance and Local Government, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs be directed to pay the outstanding leave grants between May and September.

It further said it was agreed that the issue of N30,000 National Minimum Wage for grade levels 01 and 06 in all salary structures had been concluded and the government had effected payment within January. Saying additionally that Local Government Councils would begin payment with effect from February.

It was also agreed that arrears - to be paid in March - would be two months for state workers and three months for local government workers.