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New minimum wage: NLC prepares for showdown with state governors Dec 31

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On Wednesday, the Nigeria Labor Conference said it cannot guarantee peace and industrial harmony if state governors refuse to conclude negotiations and pay the national minimum wage before December 31.

In a statement issued at the end of its meeting with the heads of state councils on the implementation of the national minimum wage, the union said there are currently three categories of implementation that meet all countries.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the communique was jointly signed by 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 communique noted that Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos and Adamawa have commenced implementation and payment of the new minimum wage, while Jigawa had concluded negotiations but yet to make its first payment to workers.

He also noted that Borno, Abia, Kano, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Niger, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Katsina and Zamfara States, have constituted a negotiating committee between their state government and Labour, following consequential adjustments of salaries.

“States which have not put in place a Negotiating Committee between the State Government and Labour on the consequential adjustment of salaries, include Bauchi, Yobe, Rivers, Benue, Gombe, Kwara, Imo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Anambra, Taraba, Cross River, Ogun, Enugu, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi and Delta States.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that The communique noted that Organised Labour in the states comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (Trade Union Side) would work in harmony to ensure that all workers enjoy the full benefit of the new National Minimum Wage.

Nigeria News Agency reports that The union urged state chairmen to immediately convoke an emergency State Executive Council meeting and State Congress of all workers to brief them of the outcome of the stakeholders’ meeting on the new national minimum wage implementation.

“Countries that are still at the discussion table (Category 2) should accelerate discussions to conclude negotiations before December 31, 2019.

“Countries that did not initiate the debate should establish a negotiating committee that quickly and quickly concludes discussions about salary adjustments resulting from the national minimum wage on December 31, 2019 or earlier.

“In the event that a country does not comply with these decisions on December 31, 2019 or earlier, organized work will not guarantee industrial harmony in those countries.”