NLC suspends planned strike in Kano over wage cut

NLC suspends planned strike in Kano over wage cut

The Nigeria Workers’ Congress (NLC) has suspended its previous plans for a three-day warning strike and peaceful protest, which was due to begin today Thursday, due to the state government’s alleged plans to return to the $ 18,000 minimum wage.

The suspension of the planned strike was announced by the national vice-president of the Union, Najim Yassin, informing reporters early Thursday morning in Kano.

The union recalled that the state government deducted workers’ wages in March.

The decision to suspend the strike and peaceful protest follows an agreement reached Wednesday between the Kano state government and trade union organizations, he said.

“The meeting was convened at the request of Governor Abdullahi Ganduja himself with representatives of the national president of the NLC, Ayub Wabba and other NLC officials.

The state government has announced that it does not intend to return to the previous NZD $ 18,000 minimum wage as anticipated and has reaffirmed its position to comply with the N30600 agreement signed between the two parties in December 2019.

“We also agreed that the March deductions from wages of state and local workers should be reimbursed to workers along with their wages for April or May, depending on the increase in the FAAC budget for this period.

“A committee has been set up between the unions and the government to study all the controversial issues presented by the union.

“We also decided that all mechanisms for the implementation of a new minimum wage of € 39,600 should be put in place for the Udil and Yusuf Maitama Sule Universities of the Kano State Science University (KUST).

It was also agreed at the meeting that the monthly pension payments and all pension rights should be granted after the decision and approval by the board of directors of the Kano State Pension Fund Trustee (KSPFT) in accordance with the requirements of the Pensions Act 2006.

“In addition, one of the resolutions states that no worker or any leader should be subjected to biased / harmful punishment / treatment for participating in a union action planned by the Kano state government.

“Thus, by the aforementioned resolutions, three days of union action, which are to start today, Thursday, April 8, 2021, and peaceful protests on Monday, April 12, have been suspended for unions,” he said.

Source: – Daily Post

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