Labour shelves planned strike as wages negotiation open

The Nigerian Labour Congress, has shelved its Wednesday planned nationwide strike amid ongoing negotiations over minimum wage with the Federal Government.

The Labour said their decision was part of resolutions at a meeting in Abuja between the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero.

In the same vein, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Monday, met with labour leaders in the state on the recent removal of fuel subsidy.

According to a statement issued by the state’s Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Monday, the governor stated that the subsidy removal was done to prevent further economic damage.

To reduce the impact of the subsidy removal on their salaries, the governor approved an immediate reduction in work days for state civil servants to three days from five days.

The statement partly read, “Kwara State Governor AARahman on Monday met with top labour leaders in the state, appealing to them that the recent removal of fuel subsidy had been done in good faith to curb further damage to the economy.

“That comes as the Governor approved immediate reduction of workdays for the workforce in the state to lessen the impact of the subsidy removal on their earnings.

“Civil servants will now work for three days in Kwara State, as against the current five days. Civil service authorities are expected to release further guidance on the measure, including how it affects health workers and teachers.”

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