Pay minimum wage or face strike, NLC warns Ekiti
THE Nigeria Labour Congress in Ekiti State has called on the state government to fasttrack its efforts towards the payment of the minimum wage and consequential adjustments to prevent industrial action.
The NLC State Executive Council also frowned on the non-payment by the state government of outstanding salary arrears, leave bonuses and cash backing for workers’ promotions.
In the resolutions at the end of the NLC SEC meeting signed by the state Chairman, Olatunde Kolapo; and Secretary, Taiwo Akinyemi, in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the organised labour also called for the immediate recall of all workers disengaged from the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti and the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti in December.
Labour called on the state government “to fast-track the issue of minimum wage so that necessary documents could be signed for the commencement of the payment of minimum wage and its consequential adjustments. This is very important to forestall any possible strike against defaulting states across the federation.
“The state negotiation committee on the minimum wage should brace and conclude its assignment in earnest. In the same vein, it was resolved that there must be minimum pension for pensioners.”
Recall that Ekiti’s labour negotiation team, which had presented its position on the minimum wage and consequential adjustments to the state government side, has been awaiting the state’s response.
Kolapo stated, “The ongoing disengagement of workers of the EKSU and EKSUTH and the rumour of impending sack in other sectors in the state are condemned and the state government cautioned against the unpopular move in the interest of the generality of the Ekiti, hence all the disengaged workers should be recalled with immediate effect.”