The suspension followed an understanding reached at a conciliatory meeting.
Three unions in the public service that threatened to embark on a strike over the payment of Salary Relativity Increase of 26.68 per cent from July 1, 2011, have suspended their action.
The affected unions are the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Service Employees (AUPCTRE), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
The suspension followed an understanding reached at a conciliatory meeting between them, and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The understanding reached at the meeting was signed by representatives of all the unions; the National Salary, Income and Wages Commission; permanent secretary of the ministry of labour and productivity; as well as aviation, respectively.
The unions had issued a 21-day deadline to government dated August 26 to pay the increase effective from 2011 and not January 1, 2012, as had been implemented; or face industrial action.
The meeting proposed the setting up of a committee to consider the trade unions’ request.
Its terms of reference included computing a comprehensive cost implication of the six months arrears from July 2011 to December 2011, consider and recommend sources of funding for the payment of the arrears.
It also proposed that “the committee shall sit from October 4 to 18, 2013, and reconvene at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity on Oct. 18 to assess progress to date.”
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