Olufemi Atoyebi, Sunday Aborisade and Success Nwogu
Organised labour under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress in some states of the federation have urged state governments to begin the immediate implementation of the minimum wage approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
They spoke in separate statements issued in commemoration of the Workers’ Day on Friday.
The Taraba State chapters of the NLC and TUC on Friday appealed to the state government to implement the new minimum wage without delay to boost the morale of workers in the state.
Chairman of NLC in the state, Peter Gambo, made the appeal in Jalingo.
Gambo who commended Governor Darius Ishaku for being up to date in the payment of workers’ salaries, however, urged the government not to tamper with the salaries of local government workers.
In his remarks, the state TUC Chairman, Victor Olatunde, appealed to the government to resume the disbursement of N100m to the state pension office to address the issue of pension and gratuity owed retired civil servants in the state.
Olatunde said the timely payment of pension and gratuity to retired civil servants would enhance the quality of life of the retired citizens in the state.
He also urged the government to fully implement the pending national minimum wage for workers in the state.
Similarly, the Chairman of NLC in Kogi State, Onu Edoka, said it would not henceforth entertain any justification for salary reduction at any level in the state, while demanding the immediate implementation of the minimum wage.
Edoka said his position was informed by the ongoing negotiation on a probable percentage payment being proposed by the state government.
Some categories of the state civil servants, particularly local government workers, have been subjected to percentage payments for up to 10 years dating back to the tenure of Alhaji Ibrahim Idris.
Edoka also called on the governor to make it a matter of priority to pay the 30 per cent balance of the August to December 2017 salaries and other salary arrears owed workers in the state.
He also called on the state governor to lift the embargo placed on trade unions activities in all the state-owned tertiary institutions.