Minimum wage: TUC gives states January 31 ultimatum

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has given state governments that are yet to implement the new national minimum wage up until January 31 to comply or risk industrial action from workers.

This was given through a communiqué issued at the end of a National Executive Council meeting of the union which held in Lagos on yesterday (Thursday).

The communiqué which was signed by the President, TUC, Quadri Olaleye and the Secretary General, TUC, Musa Lawal reads in part, “The congress advises all state governments that have not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30, 000 new national minimum wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or before 31st January, 2020.

“Otherwise the state governments should be responsible for the consequences of their failure. State councils have been directed to commence mobilisation of their members immediately.”

On Monday, the Organised labour said it would meet to review the minimum wage negotiations between states and workers across Nigeria.

Ekiti, Cross River, Benue, Gombe, Osun, Sokoto, Oyo, Niger, Ogun, Enugu, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kwara, Taraba and Anambra states have reportedly not agreed on consequential adjustments of salaries.

While Lagos, Kaduna, Bauchi, Kastina and Borno states had agreed to pay the new minimum wage, other states started negotiations few days to the end of the December 31, 2019 deadline.

Recall that Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Monday, inaugurated two committees one of which was the committee on the new national minimum wage.

Governor Sule gave the committee three weeks to submit its report.

The organized labour in Nasarawa State have however come out to state that they are more interested in their promotions, annual increment and arrears than they are in the implementation of the new minimum wage.

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