Nigerian Labour Unions on Monday night suspended a planned nationwide strike that would have commenced on October 3, to protest a biting economy that resulted in hardship for Nigerians since the removal of petrol subsidy.
Announcing the suspension after a marathon meeting between the Nigerian Labour Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at the presidential villa, the minister of Labour and Employment Simon Lalong said “the NLC and the TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the plan indefinite national ones strike scheduled to begin Tuesday, the third of October 2023 .”
The Labour and government signed a memorandum of understanding which will be filed with relevant court of competent jurisdiction within one week as consent judgment by the federal government.
Lalong who read the memorandum of understanding signed with the federal government said, “The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023.
“This Memorandum shall be filed with the relevant Court of competent jurisdiction within one (1) week as consent judgment by the Federal Government,” he said.
The minister said the federal government granted a wage award of N35,000 to all federal government workers beginning from of September this year pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.
He said a minimum wage committee shall be inaugurated within one month from October 2, 2023.
He said the federal government also suspended the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel for six months beginning from October, 2023.
“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.
“The Federal Government plans to implement various tax incentive measures for private sector and the general public.
“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.
“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.
“The Federal Government commits to pay N25,000 per month for three months starting from October, 2023 to 15 million households, including vulnerable pensioners.
“The Federal Government will increase its initiatives on subsidized distribution of fertilizers to farmers across the country.
“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.
“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.
“A joint visitation will be made to the refineries to ascertain their rehabilitation status. All parties commit to henceforth abide by the dictates of Social dialogue in all our future engagements,” he said.