No Strike Tomorrow Over Minimum Wage Negotiations, Labour tells Nigerian Workers


The Organised Labour has announced that there will be no strike action tomorrow, Tuesday, regarding the ongoing minimum wage negotiations with the Federal Government. The decision comes after Labour suspended its strike action for one week to engage in discussions with the government to determine the new minimum wage, with the suspension ending today.

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Speaking at the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero confirmed that there would be no strike on Tuesday. Ajaero explained that Labour is awaiting the decision of President Bola Tinubu on the proposed figures presented by the tripartite committee. He disclosed that the committee submitted two figures to the President, with the government and employers proposing N62,000, while Labour proposed N250,000. The National Executive Council (NEC) of Labour will deliberate on the new figure once the President’s decision is made.

Addressing the issue of governors’ stance on the minimum wage, Ajaero criticized those claiming inability to pay the proposed amount. He questioned the logic behind governors’ arguments, particularly regarding decentralization of wages. Ajaero pointed out the inconsistency in governors’ demands, highlighting examples of states with varying levels of revenue generation yet paying the same minimum wage. He praised governors like Edo State’s Godwin Obaseki, who pay above the proposed minimum wage despite economic challenges, urging others to follow suit.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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