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Minimum Wage: Labour Suspends Planned Strike Action As Kogi Govt Orders Resumption Of Negotiation

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The organized labour in Kogi State has suspended its proposed strike action threat scheduled to kickoff from
midnight of Sunday 21st March 2021 over non implementation of the new minimum wage for workers in the state civil service.

A statement jointly signed on Friday by the secretaries of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Owoeye
Anthony; Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Kolawole James and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), Comrade I. Abubakar said to avert the
looming strike, the Kogi state government ordered members of the 17-man committee to resume negotiation immediately with a mandate to submit its
report in a very short time.

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“Over the months, the leadership of organized labour have patiently waited for this government to conclude with labour leaders the negotiation on the New Minimum Wage currently signed into law by President Muhammed Buhari in April 2019. The committee was
inaugurated February 2020.

“It is on record that organized labour in the state wrote severally to the state government on the critical need for the committee to conclude this all-important assignment but none of our letters was responded to until a notice of a 21-day ultimatum was issued on 2nd
March 2021.

“Consequently, the leadership of labour therefore has decided to put on hold the proposed strike scheduled to begin on mid-night of Sunday 23% March 2021 pending when the committee would submit its report,” the statement read.

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While appreciating workers for maintaining a very cordial industrial relations atmosphere, the organized
labour in the state appealed to workers to go about their normal and legitimate business while praying that God should touch the hearts of the government to do the needful.

It would be recalled that the organized labour on March 10th issued an ultimatum to the state government to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage or be ready
to face strike action from workers in the state.


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