- Labour unions have threatened to shutdown business activities across the country if state governors breach the agreement on minimum wage
- Federal government had approved N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerians workers
- Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF), however, said on Monday, October 27, that not all states would pay the new wage
The controversy over the implementation of the approved N30,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers does not seem to abate any moment soon as organised labour has vowed to fight any governor who fails to comply with the new payment.
Vanguard reports that labour said it would shut down the nation if the state governors fail to start implementing the new wage.
Legit.ng gathered that labour also noted that it would not accept any breach of the consequential adjustment agreement that details how the minimum wage would be implemented across various salary scales.
The organised labour's reaction followed a statement made by the Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum (NGF) that the state governors would pay based on their capacity.
Speaking on the controversy, the leader of the joint national public service negotiating council, Simon Anchaver, said the new minimum wage is a law that had been signed by the president, adding that the revenue of state governments would determine the consequential adjustment on the new minimum wage it would accept.
He also said labour would insist governors open the books of their states to the public to ascertain if they could pay not just the new minimum wage but also the consequential adjustment.
Anchaver said the revenue of a state would be the main factor on the rate of consequential adjustment it agrees with such a state.
“Since it is a law, the state governments must pay. First and foremost, they should declare how much they are collecting from their respective state revenue, then we will know if it is commensurable to pay minimum wage.
“Once the state governments disclose their revenue, they can negotiate and that should be supervised by the national officers so that we can avoid situations where some labour leaders will be in the hands of the state government,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that governors in Nigeria said not all states have the capacity to pay N30,000 minimum wage approved by the the federal government.
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