In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 27th, August, 2020

Govt Begs NLC Not To Go On Strike Over Unpaid N30,000 Minimal Wage

Govt Begs NLC Not To Go On Strike Over Unpaid N30,000 Minimum Wage




The Joint Public Service Negotiating Council in Taraba, on Wednesday, gave the state authorities a seven-day ultimatum to signal the N30,000 minimal wage settlement or face industrial motion, NAN stories.


The Chairman of the council, Mr. Wilfred Kwanchi, gave the ultimatum in Jalingo whereas addressing reporters on the plight of staff within the state.


Kwanchi decried the lack of the state authorities to implement the N30, 000 nationwide minimal wage as agreed between it and labour, accusing the federal government of insensitivity to the plight of staff within the state.


He demanded for the implementation of the minimal wage within the September salaries, threatening that staff would embark on strike if the federal government didn’t implement the brand new wage.


“The minimal wage of 30, 000 was signed into legislation in Nigeria on April eight, 2019 and the legislation allowed states to barter and pay the minimal wage based mostly on their skill and capability.

“In Taraba State, mandate was obtained, negotiations commenced and concluded on March three, 2020 and the report offered to the Governor for consideration and additional directive.

“Authorities requested for a grace of three months to implement the negotiated minimal wage within the state in view of the ravaging results of Coronavirus on the worldwide economic system which Taraba state was not immune from.

“5 months down the road, there isn’t a indication by authorities to signal the settlement, not to mention implement its content material.

“We, due to this fact, demand the fast signing of the settlement inside seven days and implementation of similar within the September salaries, past which we are going to embark on industrial motion,”

he warned.

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In a swift response, Particular Adviser to the State Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu, pleaded with the council to not embark on strike, saying that negotiations have been ongoing.

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