The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) in Kogi on Wednesday gave the Kogi State authorities a 12-day ultimatum to renew negotiations with it on the brand new N30,000 minimal wage or face industrial motion.
NAN stories that the state Chairman of NLC, Mr Onuh Edoka who introduced this whereas addressing a rally organised by the labour union in opposition to a invoice looking for to take away wage issues from the Unique to the Concurrent Record.
He mentioned the ultimatum turned needed as a result of the state authorities had been foot-dragging on the cost of the brand new minimal wage.
Edoka mentioned that employees’ persistence on the difficulty had been exhausted.
He additionally urged the state authorities to cease paying wage in percentages to native authorities employees within the state due to the unfavorable results on their welfare.
The chairman requested for cash-backing for all promotions within the state civil service within the curiosity of justice and fairness.
Edoka described the invoice earlier than the Home of Representatives, asking for the switch of wage from the Unique Record to the Concurrent Record as an try to additional inflict poverty on employees.
He mentioned that the organised labour would resist the try since Nigeria was a member of the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO).
Edoka, who was backed by his counterpart within the Commerce Union Congress, Mr Ranti Ojo, urged the Home of Representatives to drop the invoice within the curiosity of peace.
“The Nationwide Meeting mustn’t dare the employees by passing an anti-workers invoice. The invoice is in opposition to the Worldwide Labour Organisation Conference of 1981,” he mentioned.
The labour chief accused the political class of sponsoring the invoice in an try to avoid the legislation on the brand new nationwide minimal wage.
Edoka led the employees on protest to the state Home of Meeting to current a letter on the proposed invoice to the Speaker, Mr Mathew Kolawole.
He urged the state Meeting to prevail on the Nationwide Meeting to drop the invoice to stop a nationwide mass protest by the organised labour.