Minimum wage: Labour gears for war with 15 governors

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Organized labour has commenced
mobilization of workers in 15 states of the federation for a strike to press
home demand for the full implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

The states, according to labour
sources, are yet to demonstrate enough commitment in keying into the new
dispensation.

The bone of contention in most of
the states is the consequential adjustment of the new salary structure.

Sources said labour leaders had
been placed on standby for an industrial action.

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The states were given up till on
Friday to conclude negotiation on the matter.

It was learnt  that many of the affected states were making
frantic efforts to avert a showdown with workers.

The states are: Ogun, Oyo, Osun,
Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Cross River, Zamfara, Gombe, Taraba, Niger, Plateau, Kogi,
Kwara, and Nasarawa.

Some of the governors started
negotiations a few days before the original deadline of December 31, 2019 set
by labour.

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But when it dawned on labour that
some of the states had not gone far in their negotiation with their members, a
grace period of one month was given to the governors by the Trade Union
Congress (TUC) to wrap up negotiations.

Although, Governor Kayode Fayemi
of Ekiti State started paying the new minimum wage, especially for the low
cadre of workers last October, negotiation with labour on consequential
adjustment for other categories of workers is still on.

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Secretary-General of TUC, Comrade
Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in an interview, said on Friday that the union was expecting
feedback from all the states on the implementation of the minimum wage.

Ozigi said state council chairmen
of the TUC would turn in their reports tomorrow.

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