Minimum wage: FG must respect agreement reached with organised labour – Esele

Mr Peter Esele, former President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), says the Federal has a responsibility respect the terms of agreement reached with the organised labour on the new minimum wage.

Esele said on Saturday in an interview in Benin that failure by do so would undermine the spirit and letters of the Minimum Wage Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

described as unfortunate, the recent remarks by the Minister of labour, Dr Chris Ngige, that the Federal could not implement the consequential adjustments in the payment of the new minimum wage as proposed by labour.

“Does it mean that the various state agencies involved in the didn’t tabulate the figures know is payable or not?

“If the answer is no, that is dereliction of duty and appropriate sanction should be meted out.

“The consequential adjustments which is another sticking point are known to the tripartite committee(Government, Employers and Labour). So it is expected to go seamlessly.

“But sadly, as with everything in Nigeria, it must be fought for, even if agreed upon.

“I foresee a strike action. Hopefully the president, his team and the organised labour can find a way out to avoid an industrial action,” said  (NAN)