Nigerian Labour Congress leader Alhaji Abduwahid Omar. The NLC is threatening a nationwide strike to enforce the national minimum wage law to provide N18,000 per year in salaries., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Minimum wage: Plateau workers suspend strike
National Mirror, Nigeria
December 21, 2012
Workers in Plateau State have called off their strike embarked upon over failure of Governor Jonah Jang to implement the National Minimum Wage Act which pegs the minimum salary of at N18,000.
The state had been enmeshed in endless crisis, as workers in the state civil service, including teachers, had down tools for several weeks.
The decision to suspend the strike is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting between the organised labour and the representatives of the government in Abuja yesterday.
The truce was reached through the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, who convened the meeting.
According to the resolution, the workers agreed to resume work based on the agreement that the state government would pay the salaries of workers with 55 per cent implementation of the minimum wage from June 2012.
It was also agreed that payment of June to September 2012 salaries would be addressed by Jang, Wogu and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, within a month from the date the resolution was reached.
The meeting also agreed that labour should “partner with the government of Plateau State to carry out screening through biometric to ascertain the actual staff strength of the local government areas within two months.
“Government of Plateau State, in collaboration with the councils to intensify internally generated revenue; and that there shall be no victimisation of workers and their unions who participated in the industrial action in the state during the period.”