Nigeria: Unions suspend strike for talks over new minimum wage

Source: Reuters

“Nigeria’s main labour unions suspended an indefinite strike for a week on Tuesday in order to continue talks with the government over a new minimum wage after reforms in the West African nation caused inflation to spike, worsening a cost of living crisis. Nigeria’s two biggest union federations, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), shut down the national grid and disrupted flights across the country on Monday as they began an indefinite strike over the government’s failure to agree a new minimum wage. Unions and the government met late on Monday for talks where the government said it was open to a higher monthly minimum wage than the amount of 60,000 naira ($41.38) it had proposed. But a new amount is yet to be announced. The unions had demanded a 16-fold rise in the minimum wage to 494,000 naira a month, from 30,000 naira.” (06/04/24)