Labour considers suspending strike after intervention by presidency

Labour considers suspending strike after intervention by presidency

- Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, meets with the organized labour at the presidential villa

- Kyari appeals the labour movement to suspend their ongoing strike

- ASUU threatens to embark on nationwide over 2017 agreement

Indications have emerged that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) may suspend a warning strike it began over the delay in the implementation of a new national minimum wage.

The Nation reports that the organised labour may call off the strike today, Sunday, September 30, following the intervention of the presidency through the office of the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.

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At a meeting in presidential villa, the Kyari was said to have assured a delegation led by president of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, that President Buhari will address the concerns of labour upon his return to the country from the United Nations General Assembly. He then appealed to labour movement to suspend the strike immediately.

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But NLC president, Wabba, has said that the decision to suspend the strike does not rest entirely on the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the NLC, adding that other organs of both NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) were involved.

The various organs of organised labour are said to have met to review the government position and may reach a decision to suspend the action soon.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the federal government fails to implement the 2017 FGN/ASUU agreement.

Lawan Abubakar, the Bauchi zonal coordinator of ASUU, at a news conference in Jos on Thursday, September 27, expressed surprise that the federal government has yet to implement the various agreements aimed at revitalising public universities, as agreed in 2017, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Abubakar regretted that only 7% of the total 2018 budget was allocated to the education sector, and called for the immediate release of the N20 billion revitalisation funding.

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