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Minimum wage: NLC holds strike sensitisation rally in Ilorin

By Yusuf Abdulrahman

The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed all the workers in the state, both public and private sector and members of Civil Society Organisations to join the NLC rally on minimum wage.

YekiniAgunbiade, the NLC Chairman in the state, made this known on Sunday in a letter addressed to the State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The letter, according to him, was to inform the governor that all workers, market men and women as well as artisans would take part in the sensitization rally called by the national body of NLC.

Agunbiade, in the letter titled: “Directive on national rally on new minimum wage”, said total mobilization of workers across the country should commence immediately.

“It has become obvious that the Federal Government is foot-dragging and unwilling to implement the N30, 000 as agreed by the Tripartite Committee on new national minimum wage.

“The rally is to sensitize workers and Nigerians on the new minimum wage issue and should be held in all the states of the federation, including FCT, Abuja today 30th October 2018.

“Consequent upon the above, the leadership of the Congress and all workers of the State of Harmony are looking forward to Your Excellency's cooperation and understanding in this regard,” he stated.

According to the NLC Chairman, the rally, which will begin from 8am, was in preparation for an indefinite nation-wide strike to commence on November 6, 2018.

He described the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige as incapable and insincere, who added to the lingering crisis between the government and the union.

Agunbiade revealing that the exchange rate of the present minimum wage, N18, 000 is 50 dollars and its unacceptable judging by high prices of commodities in the country at the moment which is causing difficulties for the workers to cater for their family needs.

He confirmed that the union has first agitated for N66,500 but the Federal Government  agreed to pay N 30,000 as the new minimum wage but the minister went on to hold another secret meeting with governors in an attempt to reject the agreed wage contrary to the committee's earlier agreement.

He said, “Tripartite committee was set up by the Federal government consisting the Minister, civil society.

“All these faults are from the labour minister, he was the one that influenced the governors to reject the agreed N30,000 minimum wage because the minister  met with the Governors secretly that they should not pay the agreed minimum but N22,000, the current payment of N18,000 is not enough for civil servants.

“This is the reason for our strike because we are aware that the governments are not serious and not ready to listen to our plight. Before we embark on the first warning strike, they refused to invite the labour leaders for any meeting but in the process, a meeting was held and we called off the strike based on agreement reached, we taught all is well not knowing that they are deceiving us” he lamented.

He further stressed that they will have to embark on a nation-wide strike if the government fail to pay the agreed salary

The labour boss stressed that President Buhari has in 2015 assured the union of his administration's commitment to address the issue of workers salary during the delegate's conference, noting that he is not fulfilling his promises for the labour union.

Agunbiade also explained that the rally would take-off from the Labour House through Lajorin Street/Muritala Mohammed Way-Post Office, Emir's Road, TaiwoIsale, Unity Road, A-Division Round About, Ahmadu Bello Way to Government House, Ilorin where it will be terminated.

 Meanwhile, in his remarks, The Principal of Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi expressed concern over the poor salary structure of the workers, saying that it should be reviewed at every five years to compliment the workers' struggle as increase in salary should be persistent for all workers to be happy and diligent in their line of duties.

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