Oyetola inaugurates committee on minimum wage implementation
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.