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Minimum Wage: Oyo Workers Shelve Strike

By IWPR Nigeria

A planned strike action by workers in Oyo state to press for the implementation of the new minimum wage has been called off.

The Oyo state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said the strike would no longer commence on Monday since the state government has commenced negotiation with the workers.

The workers are contesting Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s claim that the state cannot afford to pay the national minimum wage of Eighteen Thousand Naira (N18, 000) – about one hundred and twenty dollars ($120).

The Governor had also explained that the new minimum wage was not provided for in the current 2011 budget.

Oyo state chairman of NLC, Bashi Olanrewaju, told Nigerian Election News Report (NENR), that the workers have agreed to collect the May salary on the existing rate.

Olanrewaju however said this is pending the conclusion of the negotiations.

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