The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta State, on Thursday aborted its decision on the strike action which it commenced on Tuesday.
The state chapter of the labour union had on Tuesday shut down schools and offices to show their total support to the directives given by their national body on the full implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage.
The president of the state chapter of the NLC, Goodluck Ofoburuku, while addressing the newsmen in Asaba on Thursday, made the clarification.
According to him, the strike was suspended in Delta State following intervention and directives from the national body for it to be allowed to conclude the negotiation on the consequential adjustment on the new minimum wage.
“The initial directives that we received was that, if negotiation was not concluded by Tuesday, we should commence strike by Wednesday, which we complied with.
“That is why, yesterday our people moved out to ensure that there was a compliance but based on the advice of the national body, we have advised our members to return to work and gradually they are going back to work.
“We have been told that significant progress has been made by the Joint Negotiation Council (JNC),” the chairman said.
Ofoburuku, however, said that the NLC in the state would await further directive from the national body.
“We have soft pedaled but waiting for directive from the national should the negotiations fail.
“The truth of the matter is that the state government has committed itself to pay the minimum wage once the template is ready.
“However, if it is unsuccessful, the national headquarters will tell us what to do; I have no regret for taking an action that I am directed to take.
“I was elected to fight for the interest of my people and if it means that going on strike is what will make the union get what it is asking for, I will not regret it,” Ofoburuku said.
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