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UPDATE 1 – The Nigerian umbrella union suspends the nationwide strike



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ABUJA, September 30 (Reuters) – A Nigerian umbrella union has launched a nationwide strike on its fourth Sunday of Sunday after the government agreed to hold a meeting to raise the minimum wage, a union official said ,

"The general strike was suspended, not canceled," said Chris Uyot, deputy secretary-general of the Nigerian Workers' Congress. A meeting with the government will take place on 5-6. October, he added.

The strike began Thursday after talks between the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the unions failed.

Unions want the monthly minimum wage of 18,000 naira raised to about 50,000 naira ($ 164).

Buhari had vowed to review pay for an increase in fuel prices and currency devaluation over the past two years. This was to combat the effects of a global oil price decline on Nigeria, Africa's largest producer of crude oil.

The results suggest incomplete adherence to the strike and its impact on the economy was difficult to calculate. (Report by Tife Owolabi and Camillus Eboh, authored by Paul Carsten, publisher Peter Graff)

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