Pay min­i­mum wage or face strike, NLC warns Ek­iti

The Punch - - NEWS - Abiodun Nejo, Ado 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.”

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