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Organised Labour Vows to Tackle States that are Yet to Implement N30k Minimum Wage

Two years after the Federal Government approved the implementation of the new N30, 000 minimum wage, about ten states are yet to implement the payment.

It was gathered that the States still defaulting are Imo, Benue, Anambra, Kano Bauchi, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara.

As a result, the organised labour has vowed to swing into action, as the situation has now gotten out of hand.

According to the Acting National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Dr. Tommy Okon, plans are in place to press the hands of the defaulting States to pay.

Dr. Tommy Okon

He said so far, Anambra and Taraba States have concluded negotiations with Labour but are yet to implement the agreement.

Others like Bauchi, Benue, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa and Zamfara States were still negotiating, while Imo State was yet to begin negotiations.

Okon said, “Our wage is our right. We are not begging. President Muhammadu Buhari signed the national minimum wage into law and it should not be negotiated. Some state governments are saying they cannot pay and they have refused to tell us how much they spend on security vote with the level of insecurity in the country.”
“They refused to tell us how many personal assistants they have, they refused to tell us how much they are using to feed their dogs weekly. The problem of industrial relations is not caused by workers but by government. This is man’s inhumanity to man.

“Why do states renege on agreement when they know that its is a potential time bomb? When we enter into agreement, it is a simple rule of collective bargaining. We have reached an agreement and they are reneging without informing the parties involved and see how we can discuss from time to time,” he said.

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