Anambra State workers have suspended their 14-day planned strike over the new minimum wage.
The workers were to proceed on strike today (Wednesday) over non-implementation of the new minimum wage in their January salaries.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Jerry Nnubi, told newsmen that the suspension followed positive talks that had taken place before today.
He said, “We opened discussions with the state government on this issue during the ultimatum. We started last week, and yesterday (Monday), we also had a session with the government and they made explanations as to the cause of the improper implementation of the minimum wage in January, ranging from double payment to some staff; and the unbundling arising from verification exercise they (government) did from October last.
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“So, there were a lot of computer errors and all that. So, they(government) pleaded that the ultimatum be suspended while they come up with some proposals and see how to resolve the issue at hand.
“After that, we agreed to meet on Tuesday the 25th of February with enlarged stakeholders’ meetings where all the parties will meet again to look at the issues that caused the problem and deliberate and know how to resolve them.
“The final decision will be on Tuesday. Maybe all that the parties will be on the same page and we move forward.
“We have to give room for that interaction and talks. On Tuesday we may come up with another action. When you give an ultimatum, you have to open up for talks and discussions.
“Since the government has shown a disposition to talk, we have to oblige them that opportunity. So, the ultimatum is put on hold.”
The NLC chairman enjoined workers in the state to continue to be at their duty posts.