Don’t re-negotiate, delay payment of N30,000, Ekiti workers tell government
Workers in Ekiti State have charged the government to, without re-negotiation or delay, pay the N30,000 minimum wage signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
They gave the charge in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, during the May Day celebration attended by representatives of the state government, affiliates of labour and workers in the state.
Part of their demands from Governor Kayode Fayemi is the payment of their salary arrears, as they thanked him for prompt payment of salaries since he assumed office last October.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman in Ekiti, Olatunde Kolapo, said workers at both private and public sectors would soon experience increase in their take home pay.
He said: “More than 20 states have shown commitment and readiness to pay the minimum wage. We therefore encourage Ekiti State government to implement it without re-negotiation.”
Workers in Ogun State yesterday received a parting gift from the outgoing governor, Ibikunle Amosun, as he approved the immediate payment of their outstanding deductions.
The governor also directed the full payment of the workers’ salary for the month of April 2019, which, according to him, is over N20 billion, without any deduction.
Amosun made the announcement during the May Day celebration at the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
He explained that the decision for the approval agreed with his earlier promise that his administration would not leave the state without paying all the workers’ salary deductions which included cooperatives, check-off dues, Christmas and ‘Ileya shillings’.
The non-remittance of salary deductions and allowances had, recently, set the state’s workforce and government on war path which compelled labour leaders to call out their members for industrial action.
In the same vein, the governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, has vowed to make good his campaign promises, especially to workers.
In a statement issued in Abeokuta by his spokesperson, Remmy Hazzan, the governor-elect reiterated his commitment to the pact he signed with labour during his campaigns.
Abiodun, in his manifesto, promised to establish ministry of labour and productivity to effectively engage workers and improve their productivity and welfare, appoint teachers to apex positions to put them at par with their public service counterparts, among others.