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Organised Labour Suspends Strike For One-Week  

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have temporarily suspended their industrial action. 

The strike, initiated due to disagreements over a new minimum wage and a recent hike in electricity tariffs, has been halted for one week. 

This decision was announced by TUC President Festus Osifo on Tuesday following an extraordinary joint national executive council (NEC) meeting held by both unions in Abuja.

“A joint NEC meeting of TUC/NLC has approved to relax the industrial action for one week with immediate effect,” Osifo informed Channels Television. 

He further mentioned that an official communique detailing the decision and its implications would be issued shortly.

The strike, which began on Monday, aimed to express the unions’ dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the new minimum wage negotiations and the abrupt increase in electricity tariffs. 

The industrial action led to a near-complete shutdown of critical sectors across the nation. Schools, businesses, hospitals, and airports were all affected, creating widespread disruption. 

Additionally, the national grid was shut down, plunging the country into darkness and exacerbating the situation for millions of Nigerians.

The unions’ decision to pause the strike for a week suggests a potential window for dialogue and resolution. 

The government and other stakeholders are expected to utilize this period to address the pressing issues raised by the unions. 

The suspension provides a temporary relief to citizens and businesses who were grappling with the consequences of the strike.

As the unions and the government head back to the negotiation table, there is cautious optimism that a more sustainable solution will be reached. 

The outcome of these discussions will be closely monitored by all parties involved, including the general public, who are directly impacted by the outcome.

The NLC and TUC have made it clear that their grievances are rooted in the need for a fair and livable minimum wage and a more reasonable approach to utility tariffs. 

The unions argue that the current economic conditions have made it increasingly difficult for workers to maintain a decent standard of living, hence their firm stance on these issues.

The temporary suspension of the strike marks a critical juncture in the ongoing negotiations. It remains to be seen whether the government can address the concerns of the unions adequately within this one-week window or if further industrial actions will be necessary.

 

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