The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State chapter has cautioned both the outgoing governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the incoming governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to not over dramatize on the implementation of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage in the state . In a statement made available to newsmen signed by its secretary, Comrade Ibrahim
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State chapter has cautioned both the outgoing governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the incoming governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to not over dramatize on the implementation of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage in the state .
In a statement made available to newsmen signed by its secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed warned that the union would not further tolerate any excuse from the outgoing and the incoming administrations on their failure to implement the new minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the union, it is unfortunate that the issue of workers’ welfare package in the state could become political tantrum and drama between the outgoing and incoming administrations in the state. “The state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress has been following with keen interest, the political bickering and over dramatisation of differences currently unfolding between the outgoing and incoming administrations in the state, which unfortunately and with great concern has been extended to the critical interest of the workers in the state ‘N30,000 minimum wage’ and other wide range of government activities and issues bothering on the core value, welfare of Oyo State citizens.
“We are deeply disappointed and compelled to hereby express our displeasure at the way and manner the issue of the minimum wage is been politicized in the state. “The NLC wishes to categorically state that no excuse or excuses shall be tolerated from either the incumbent or incoming government on implementation of the new minimum wage which has been signed into law.
”Workers deserve the best welfare package. The only discussion labour is interested in, are the lingering issues deserving urgent attention and solution to its series of outstanding salaries, gratuities and other emoluments”, it said. Labour therefore demanded, “Urgent meeting of government representatives with the union’s hierarchy in the state to resolve several lingering issues and urgent attention to outstanding backlog of salaries and entitlements.
” The union gave its demands as; “outstanding 2011 salary of JOHESU workers, outstanding salaries of workers in some local governments, outstanding pension of retired local government staff and primary school teachers, permanent one month arrears of salary in the primary education sector, outstanding salaries of workers in tertiary institutions and backlog of gratuities.
” It stressed that the theme of 2019 May Day celebration which was “Another 100 years of struggle for jobs, dignity and social justice in Nigeria” was still fresh in our mind and hence, NLC shall resist all forms of slavery, scapegoatism, suffering and other negative variables currently been experienced by workers in Oyo State, adding that enough is enough.”