By Sabiu Abdullahi
The organised labour movement in Nigeria has opted to suspend the impending nationwide strike scheduled for October 3, 2023.
Following a crucial meeting chaired by Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, both labour unions and the Federal Government reached an agreement.
According to the joint communiqué, the Federal Government acceded to the demand for a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand Naira) for all Federal Government workers, effective in September.
This decision aims to offer immediate relief to the workers amidst the prevailing economic challenges.
Moreover, the Minister of Labour and Employment has been entrusted with resolving the issue of withheld salaries for university staff in federally owned educational institutions.
The suspension of the strike signifies a temporary pause, allowing for a 30-day respite.
This period is expected to facilitate further discussions and engagements between the concerned parties, marking a positive step towards resolving the longstanding issues faced by the Nigerian workforce.