The nationwide strike scheduled to begin in Nigeria on Wednesday has been suspended after an agreement was reached by representatives of the Federal Government and those of the labour unions.
Owei Lakemfa, the Acting Secretary General of the Nigerian Labour Congress made this known. According to him, “we have suspended the strike scheduled for Wednesday. The Federal Government has agreed to the implementation of the national minimum wage.” He stated further that the decision to suspend the strike was reached during a meeting between officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the representatives of the Federal Government.
The three-day warning strike was meant to press home the workers’ demand for the implementation of the N 18,000 minimum wage.
Lakemfa, the Labour spokesman also pointed out that it was agreed at the meeting which ended in the early hours of Wednesday that “payment of the new minimum wage will begin from August 1, 2011 and wage arrears will be paid by the end of October.”