Nigeria Labour Congress Officials
The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has given state government until 31st December 2019 to effect payment of the new minimum, wage or risk full-scale industrial action in their state.
The NLC further said it cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, if state governors refuse to conclude negotiations and payment of the National Minimum Wage by December 31.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting with state council chairmen on the implementation of the National Minimum Wage, the union said there were currently three implementation categories in which all states fell into.
The communiqué was jointly signed by the NLC President Dr. Ayuba Wabba; NLC General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; and Abdulrafiu Adeniji, National Chairperson, Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side).
The communiqué noted that Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos and Adamawa have commenced the implementation and payment of the new minimum wage, while Jigawa had concluded negotiations but yet to make its first payment to workers.
Meanwhile, President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, yesterday called on state governors to respect the law regarding the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000.
Wabba spoke in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the minimum wage at the state level.
Present at the meeting were the NLC chairmen at the state councils across Nigeria, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who was represented by a top official at the ministry, Franca Adigwe.
Wabba said the meeting was called to review situations in each state and take a decision towards ensuring implementation by all state governors. According to him, since the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), signed the New Minimum Wage Act to law, every state governor was bound to respect the new wage structure and negotiate with labour to decide what the consequential increase would be.
Wabba said the NLC was aware that some states had held negotiations while some had not begun talking with labour representatives in their states.
He said, “You are all aware that the process has been completed at the national level, including the issues of consequential adjustment and what is remaining is for the states and local governments to implement it.
“We have called a meeting of all the state council chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress as well as the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council and also the heads of service of selected states of the federation. So it’s actually a social dialogue process to take stock of where we are in every state and we will also be able to make some decisions so that the implementation can be done seamlessly because we don’t want any worker to be left behind.
“All of us are aware that from the day the President signed the minimum wage Act into law, it became enforceable. There is no excuse for any state to say that they are not going to respect a law that is actually based on the constitution.
“The national minimum wage is actually a constitutional issue; so clearly, it is about respecting our laws and also respecting international conventions and procedures.”