Oyetola in­au­gu­rates com­mit­tee on min­i­mum wage im­ple­men­ta­tion

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THe Osun State Gover­nor, Adeg­boyega Oyetola, has in­au­gu­rated a com­mit­tee to work out the modal­i­ties for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the min­i­mum wage for work­ers in the state.

Oyetola, while in­au­gu­rat­ing the com­mit­tee in his of­fice on Tues­day, urged them to en­sure that they ar­rived at a de­ci­sion on the sum of money de­sired as in­cre­ment, which would not stop the gov­ern­ment from pay­ing salaries as and when due, a state­ment said on Wed­nes­day.

The gover­nor, who said the ad­min­is­tra­tion would work through the com­mit­tee to ar­rive at a soft land­ing that would be pleas­ing to both work­ers and gov­ern­ment, com­mended the labour lead­ers and the en­tire work­force for their co­op­er­a­tion.

He said, “I thank the lead­er­ship of labour for their level of co­op­er­a­tion in the last one year. You made my tran­si­tion from Chief of Staff to gover­nor very sim­ple. The welfare of work­ers is very im­por­tant to me. That’s why we pay their salaries promptly and in full.

“We’re com­mit­ted to pay­ing the new min­i­mum wage. But we need to now dou­ble up our IGR. It is very im­por­tant to col­lec­tively drive the IGR be­cause it is the only means of pay­ing the min­i­mum wage.”

ear­lier in his ad­dress, the Head of Ser­vice, Dr. Fes­tus Olowog­boyega Oye­bade, com­mended the gover­nor for putting an end to the suf­fer­ing of civil ser­vants in the state.

The Chair­man, Joint Ne­go­ti­a­tion Coun­cil, Bayo Ade­jumo, gave the gover­nor the as­sur­ance that the labour lead­ers would co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment to avoid a “war-war type” of ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“While com­mend­ing you for prompt pay­ment of salaries in full, we as­sure you that this ne­go­ti­a­tion will not be a war-war type. We will ap­ply sci­en­tific ne­go­ti­a­tion in a very con­ducive man­ner. We have ab­so­lute con­fi­dence in your lead­er­ship,” Ade­jumo said.

The com­mit­tee, which would be chaired by the Chief of Staff to the Gover­nor,

Dr Charles Aki­nola, had rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ece­cutibe, civil ser­vice amd thew or­gan­ised labour.

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