NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Nationwide Strike for 30 Days after Meeting with FG

NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Nationwide Strike for 30 Days after Meeting with FG

  • The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended their planned indefinite nationwide strike, originally scheduled to commence on October 3
  • This decision came after a meeting with federal government representatives at the State House on Monday, October 2
  • The suspension was announced after various agreements were reached, including a wage award of N35,000 for federal government workers, suspension of VAT on Diesel for six months, among others

State House, Abuja - The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) has finally suspended the planned indefinite nationwide strike, which was set to begin on Tuesday, October 3.

The labour bodies announced the suspension of the planned strike in a statement released after a meeting with the federal government representatives at the State House on Monday, October 2.

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The leadership of the NLC and TUC has suspended the planned indefinite nationwide strike after a meeting with the FG. Photo credits: Emmanuel Osodi/Anadolu Agency, Adekunle Ajayi/NurPhoto
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Details of FG's agreements with Labour leaders

Below are the following agreements reached by the FG and labour leaders after the meeting called to avert the strike.

1. The Federal Government grants a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.

2. A minimum wage committee shall be inaugurated within one month from the date of this agreement.

3. Federal Government suspends collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Diesel for six months beginning from October, 2023.

4. Federal Government accepts to vote N100 billion for the provision of high capacity CNG buses for mass transit in Nigeria. Provisions are also being made for initial 55,000 CNG conversion kits to kick start an auto gas conversion programme, whilst work is ongoing on state-of-the-art CNG stations nationwide. The rollout aims to commence by November with pilots across 10 campuses nationwide.

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5. The Federal Government plans to implement various tax incentive measures for private sector and the general public.

6. On the leadership crises rocking the NURTW and the purported proscription of RTEAN, the Federal Government commits to handling Labour matters in line with relevant ILO Conventions and Nigerian Labour Acts. A resolution of the ongoing impasse is expected by or before October 13.

7. The issue of outstanding Salaries and Wages of Tertiary Education workers in Federal-owned educational institutions is being referred to Ministry of Labour and Employment for further engagement.

8. The Federal Government commits to pay N25,000 per month for three months starting from October, 2023 to 15 million households, including vulnerable pensioners.

9. The Federal Government will increase its initiatives on subsidized distribution of fertilizers to farmers across the country.

10. The Federal Government should urge State Government through the National Economic Council and Governors Forum to implement wage award for their workers. Similar consideration should also be given to local government and private sector workers.

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11. The Federal Government commits to the provision of funds as announced by the President on the 1st of August broadcast to the Nation for Micro and Small Scale Enterprises. The MSMEs beneficiaries should commit to the principle of decent jobs.

12. A joint visitation will be made to the refineries to ascertain their rehabilitation status.

13. All parties commit to henceforth abide by the dictates of Social dialogue in all our future engagements.

14. The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023.

15. This Memorandum shall be filed with the relevant Court of competent jurisdiction within one (1) week as consent judgment by the Federal Government.

The agreements were signed by Comrade Joe Ajaero (NLC's president), Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja (NLC General Secretary), Comrade (Engr) Festus Osifo (TUC president), Comrade Nuhu A. Toro, (TUC Secretary General), H.E. Simon Bako Lalong, Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment, and Mallam Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation.

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Earlier, reported that Nigeria's First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, said President Bola Tinubu was focused on fixing the country’s problems.

She, however, said her husband should not be seen as a magician.

The First Lady spoke before the eventual suspension of the strike by the labour leaders.


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