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AFTER a five-day indefinite strike, the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC)  has suspended strike and asked all its members across the country to resume work.

The President of the Congress, Ayuba Wabba who announced the suspension of the strike on Sunday at a press conference, said the suspension followed promises by the Federal Government to reconvene the tripartite committee on national minimum wage on October 4.

The strike paralized government and commercial activities within the affected days.

“The suspension takes effect from today Sunday,” he said.

Wabba explained that the strike was called off to enable the tripartite committee to hold its crucial meeting and conclude its work.

NLC directed its members nationwide to embark on strike which commenced on September 26 to demand the implementation of new minimum wage for workers..

The workers are demanding a new minimum wage of about N50,000 instead of the current national minimum wage of N18,000.

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Most state governors, as well as proponents of true federalism, have, however, argued that states should be allowed to set their own minimum wage especially as many states are barely able to pay the current N18,000 current minimum wage.

Wabba had on Wednesday said the  Congress was open to dialogue on the strike.

“Our demand is that the tripartite negotiating council should be called back to conclude its assignment on minimum wage,”  Wabba said.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, then assured the unions that the tripartite committee would reconvene to complete its negotiation.

“Before the meeting on October 4, all necessary demands by organised labour would have been factored in,” Ngige said.

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