The Organized Labour in Ekiti State on Tuesday said the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage for workers by Governor Kayode Fayemi would only be acceptable if it was based on the proposed national template.
Fayemi had on Saturday during the Teachers’ Day celebration in Ado Ekiti promised to implement the N30,000 minimum wage effective from October.
But the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiation Council in Ekiti State said the organized labour stood by “The proposed national template increment of 66.6 per cent for GL 01-06, 29 per cent for GL 07- GL14, and 24 per cent for GL 15-GL 17 of the N30,000 national minimum wage”.
In a statement signed by NLC Secretary, Eunice Akinyemi; TUC Secretary, Mohammed Bashman and JNC Secretary, Gbenga Olowoyo, the Organised Labour said, “Anything short of the above percentages, the organized labour in Ekiti State will not do anything contrary to the October 16, 2019 deadline set by the national leadership of Organized Labour for the national strike.”
The labour national leadership had called for national strike over alleged insincerity of government in the payment of the N30,000 new national minimum wage to public servants in Nigeria across GL 01-GL 17.
Labour said Fayemi’s pronouncement to pay the new minimum wage negated “the resolution that the state government should set up a negotiation team and fulfil payment of all outstandings and other emoluments before commencing the implementation of N30,000 new minimum wage.”
It said the announcement had prompted its leadership to meet on Sunday where the decision was taken as labour also reminded the governor of his promise to clear all outstanding arrears before his administration would be one year in office.
These, labour said, included “three months salaries for the state public servants and outstanding two months deductions of September 2017 and May 2018; and outstanding six months salaries owed workers in the local government and primary school teachers for April, May, June, July, August and September 2018.
“Outstanding financial implications of the promotion given to all deserving workers in the years 2015, 2016, and 2017 among other sundry issues affecting service matters; and outstanding leave bonuses for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to all public servants in Ekiti State”.
The labour leaders told the governor, “For the avoidance of doubt, the non-payment of these aforementioned outstanding by your administration before the promised date may threaten the industrial peace of our dear state. Workers are charged and pregnant with anxieties.”