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Labour shelves pay rise strike

By  Funmi Komolafe & Oscaline Onwuemenyi
ABUJA— The strike threatened by some unions in the public sector which was to effectively begin today has been suspended for two weeks.

This followed series of discussion between labour and government, led  by Labour minister, Chief Emeka Wogu .
The unions had declared that a strike would commence May 3, to put pressure on government to increase  the incremental rate of wages for public sector workers beyond the agreed 10%.

Acting president, Goodluck Jonathan on May Day directed the minister of labour to enter into negotiation with the unions.

Sources at the meeting held till late last night said, labour agreed to defer the strike for two weeks to enable it make wider consultation.

Though the strike was to have taken off yesterday.  There was  no visible sign of the strike as yesterday was declared a public holiday by the federal government.


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