The NLC finally called off the intended strike after a meeting with the FG which lasted till 11:56pm yesterday. The announcement for workers to go to work was made very late as the meeting that brought an end to this strike ended 4 minutes to the official commencement of the strike. The Government is said to have agreed to implement the N18,000 minimum wage from August 1st, 2011. The organised labour communiqué read by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, says, “Federal Government agreed to comply with the new National Minimum Wage Amendment Act 2011.
“Federal Government shall conclude negotiations with Labour on the implementation of the minimum wage not later than 31st July, 2011. Detailed negotiations on the relativity implication of the implementation of the new National Minimum Wage Act 2011 will be concluded not later than 31st July, 2011.The new wages will be implemented from 1st August, 2011. The arrears of the new wages with effect from 23rd March, 2011 will be paid not later than 31st August, 2011.
“No worker shall be victimised in any manner or form as a consequence of the implementation of the new Minimum Wage Act. In line with the agreement earlier reached with the Federal Government and state governors, labour resolves to suspend the three-day warning strike across the country.”