The Joint Kwara Labour Congress, on Monday, issued a 14-day ultimatum to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s administration to signal the brand new N30,000 minimal wage into legislation or danger industrial motion.
In a decision on the finish of its congress assembly in Ilorin, the state capital, the congress mentioned ” On the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum, if its calls for should not met, it will embark on an industrial motion.”
The decision was signed by the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Aliyu Issa Ore, Commerce Union Congress, TUC, Ezekiel Adegoke, and Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, Saliu Suleiman.
The congress additionally accused the state authorities of not remitting union dues and third get together deductions amongst different sundry allegations.
A part of the decision learn; “We observe that the state authorities, after the negotiations of the brand new minimal wage, has refused to signal the settlement for rapid implementation to all classes of employees within the state, regardless of a number of letters to this impact.
“The congress, having critically analysed the financial implications of the current state of affairs on the agreed minimal wage, subsequently, calls for rapid signing and implementation of the already agreed minimal wage for all classes of employees of the state, in addition to evaluation of the negotiated minimal wage by 50 p.c for the state employees.
“We be aware with dismay the directive of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to the state Ministry of Finance, to cease deductions and or remittance of union check-off dues and different third get together deductions to the involved unions and associations within the state.
“We, subsequently, urge the state authorities to reverse this directive and remit to all involved industrial unions and associations, all deducted dues with out additional delay,” the congress declared.
In a swift response, Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, mentioned, “Very quickly, there can be some pronouncements on the minimal wage.”
Commending the labour unions for his or her endurance, the governor’s spokesman mentioned “negotiations are ongoing and there could also be no want for a strike, as a result of the 2 sides are exhibiting mutual understanding.
” We present good religion as a authorities, as we additionally commend labour unions within the state and the whole workforce within the state,” Ajakaye added.