NLC warns Makinde, Ajimobi over N30,000 minimum wage

NLC warns Makinde, Ajimobi over N30,000 minimum wage

- Oyo chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress said the implementation of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage is been politicised in the state

- NLC said it will not tolerate any excuse from both the outgoing governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and the incoming governor, Seyi Makinde, on the workers’ welfare package

- The union expressed regret that its welfare package has been turned to political tantrum between the outgoing and incoming administration

The outgoing governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and the incoming governor, Seyi Makinde, have been warned by NLC Oyo state chapter against playing politics with the implementation of the newly approved N30,000 minimum wage in the state.

The labour in a statement signed by its secretary, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed, said it is unfortunate that the issue of workers’ welfare package in the state could become a political drama between the outgoing and incoming governors, Leadership reports.

The statement read: “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.

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“We are deeply disappointed and compelled to hereby express our displeasure at the way and manner the issue of the minimum wage is been politicised 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."

According to the NLC, workers deserve the best welfare package. It called for urgent attention and solution to the issue of outstanding salaries, gratuities and other emoluments.

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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 vowed to resist all forms of slavery, scapegoatism, suffering and other negative variables currently been experienced by workers in Oyo state, adding that enough is enough.

Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Oyo state government met with representatives of labour unions on the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage in the state.

The meeting, which held at the state secretariat in Ibadan, had in attendance representatives of the state government, Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The unions had requested for a meeting with the state government on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in the state.

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