TUC Makes Fresh Demand On Minimum Wage Implementation
State governments that are yet to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage for workers have been given a January 31 deadline to comply by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The Labour Union gave the warning in a communique at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Lagos on Thursday.
The communiqué which was signed by the TUC President, Quadri Olaleye and the Secretary General, Musa Lawal also threatened to embark on a strike action if the ultimatum is not met.
“The congress advises all state governments that have not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30, 000 new national minimum wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or before 31st January, 2020.
“Otherwise the state governments should be responsible for the consequences of their failure. State councils have been directed to commence mobilisation of their members immediately,” the communique read in part.
Olaleye added that six states had signed agreements to commence the implementation of the new minimum wage, 15 states were negotiating and some would soon conclude negotiations.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday also accused state governors of wasting public funds on parties and other personal gratifications while ignoring the welfare of workers in their respective states.
This was said by the Secretary-General of the NLC, Emmanuel Ugboaja, in an interview in Abuja noting that the union was been careful in launching industrial actions over the implementation of the new minimum wage so as not to impact negatively on the negotiation processes in some states.