10 days remaining to the December 31 deadline given by the organized labour to states to conclude talks on the wage increase Several state governments have yet to constitute committees on the new minimum wage negotiations.
Recall that the Federal Government had reached an agreement with labour over consequential increase in federal civil servants’ salaries, occasioned by the new national minimum wage of N30,000 on October 18, 2019, state governors were expected to immediately begin negotiation at the state level but organized labour said most state governments had been avoiding opening negotiation with them.
However, National President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, told newsmen that the union had fixed a date for the review of minimum wage negotiation in all states, saying that a decision would also be taken against defaulting states at the meeting.
“The purpose of the meeting is for everybody to come with their reports of minimum wage negotiation in the states. It is a three-day event and before we leave the meeting, a decision will be taking. “I am aware that some states have paid while some have promised to pay by the December 31, 2019. It is a bit difficult now to know who will not obey our directive eventually.
The TUC Boss said that labour was not happy with the attitude of Ekiti State Governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, to the negotiation.
“I want to put it on record that Ekiti State Governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, who has been talking on behalf of other governors, should speak for himself. Some of the governors have implemented and majority has promised us. If Fayemi is not paying, he should tell Nigerians the kind of politician he is. Labour gave him support to win because he made a promise but he is not fulfilling it now.”
The TUC boss said that the national headquarters was monitoring negotiation in all states through its collaboration with the Joint National Civil Service Negotiating Council. “I am optimistic that at least, 90 per cent state governments should be negotiating or complete negotiation by December 31. But where they cannot complete negotiation, they have to give good reason for that, failure to do that will lead to taking an action in such state.”