New minimum wage: Labour unions vow to ground defaulting states

Organised labour on Monday  told  state governments that they must begin payment of the  N30,000 new minimum wage by the end of  May.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  and Trade Union Congress (TUC) said  during a  pre-May Day rally tagged, ‘March for jobs, our rights and shared prosperity’  in Abuja  that defaulting states  would incur the wrath of  workers.

The Deputy President of the NLC, Najeem  Yasin, who said  the new minimum wage was long overdue, called  on  governors to ensure its implementation.

He said, “We are staging this rally  to sensitise Nigerian workers ahead of  May Day  on Wednesday. It is also  part of the centenary celebrations of the International Labour Organisation.

“As we prepare for May Day, we urge all state governments  to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage. There should be no delay. The new wage is long overdue.

“This rally is also about  job creation. We are not happy with the country’s high unemployment rate. We have thousands of youths that are unemployed. We call on the private sector to complement  government’s efforts  to  eradicate  unemployment in the country.

“We also call on the Federal Government to create the enabling environment for private sector participation in job creation.”

Another Deputy President of  the NLC and President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Nasir Idis, said organised labour would make any state that refused to pay  the new minimum  wage ungovernable for  the  governor.

He said, “We want to call on governors to ensure that they implement the new minimum wage. The NLC and TUC will not condone any governor that fails to implement the N30,000 minimum wage. They had  representatives on the committee that arrived at the new minimum wage of N30,000.

“We will make any state that refuses to implement the new wage ungovernable for the  governor. We will use our might and strength to ensure that all  governors pay the money.”

The President of the Civil Service Union, Amaechi Uchechukwu, stated that organised labour expected  all states to pay the new minimum  wage by the end of May.

The  Vice-President of the NLC said, “We need to awaken the consciousness of our members to the importance of this year’s May Day. The focus of this year’s celebration is on the implementation of the new minimum wage. We expect the money to be paid by the end of May 2019.

“We have a problem  with the  governors because some of them will not want to pay.

“We have asked them to cut down on their excesses to accommodate workers’ welfare.

“We will occupy any state that refuses to pay  by the end of May.

“It will be a  war between organised labour and any state that fails to implement it by the end of May 2019.

“They must pay the arrears of April and full May salaries because the new minimum wage bill  was signed  into law  in April. We don’t have any problem with the  Federal Government, but we are ready to engage state governments on this issue.”

The Chairman of the TUC chapter  in the Federal Capital Territory, Amodu Olayinka, said Wednesday’s celebration would present labour an opportunity to talk about workers’ main agitation, the new minimum wage.

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