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JUST IN: Parliamentary Workers Reopen National Assembly Gates

National Assembly workers, under the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), have opened the Assembly gates to allow lawmakers, staff, and visitors to access the complex.

The gates were opened on Tuesday afternoon following the news that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had suspended their strike for one week to allow for further negotiation with the Federal Government.

PASAN had locked the gates on Monday in solidarity with the NLC and TUC, who called the strike to push for a new minimum wage for workers in the country.

On Monday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, led the Federal Government’s team to meet with the leadership of organised labour to continue negotiation on how to resolve the impasse.

During the meeting, the unions and the Federal Government signed a pact in which the government agreed to pay a higher amount than the N60,000.00 it previously offered.

The NLC and TUC had demanded a national minimum wage of N494,000.00 per month.

However, the government expressed concerns that this amount would stifle its ability to fund critical sectors of the economy such as education, defence, and healthcare, among others.

The strike which commenced on Monday was called to protest the failure of the Federal Government to approve new minimum wage by 31st of May as well as its failure to reverse the hike in electricity tariff.

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