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THE planned nationwide strike by the labour unions over a new minimum wage has been shelved for now.

The strike was scheduled to start on Tuesday with immediate effect after Labour leaders, government representatives and organised private sector spent more than eight hours deliberating on Monday to reach a consensus on a minimum wage.

The deliberation was in vain as the Tripartite committee decided to convey the resolution of the meeting to President Muhammadu Buhari, for onward transmission to the National Assembly.

The government wants to pay N24,000 as minimum wage, but the labour leaders are insisting on N30,000.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday intervened in the impasse by appealing to the labour unions, especially the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to consider the rot his administration inherited from the previous governments.

The President explained that the present government was doing more with the ‘fewer resources’ at its disposal in putting the nation’s economy right. (NAN)

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