Minimum wage: TUC mobilises state councils over non-implementation

The Union Congress Nigeria (), has directed state councils the union to commence mobilisation their members, preparatory to state governments’ failure to implement the new minimum wage by January 2020.

President, Mr Quadri Olaleye and Secretary-General, Mr Musa Lawal, made this known on Thursday Lagos at the end the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

“NEC--session commends the Federal Government for the eventual completion negotiation with respect to the consequential adjustments and commencement payment the new National Minimum Wage to Federal workers.

“The congress, however, advises all state governments who have not complied with the implementation and immediate payment of the N30, 000.00 new National Minimum Wage to commence negotiations and implementation on or Jan.31.

“Otherwise, the state governments should be responsible for the consequences of their failure.

“State Councils have been directed to commence mobilisation of their members , ” the union leaders said a statement.

They also expressed dismay over the spate of in the country, urging the government to intensify more practical efforts toward wiping out killings, kidnapping and insurgency.

According to them, such efforts should be in a bid to save the country from total collapse.

“NEC-in-session resolves to in a global rally against war slated for Jan. 25, 2020, in view of the vulnerability of workers in war period,” they said.

The leaders, condemning all forms of casualisation and slave labour in Nigeria, said the union would engage any employer that violated the rights of workers to unionise and have permanent employment.

“The Federal Government is hereby advised to extend the Local Content Policy as applied in the Oil Sector to be applicable to other sectors of the nation’s economy,” they both said in the statement. (NAN)