Ogun State workers commence one-week warning strike over new minimum wage
Ogun State Government workers have begun a one-week warning strike over the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) had earlier given a 14-day ultimatum for the State Government to implement the new minimum wage, the abolition of the pension reform bill, the payment of gratuities, payment of outstanding six years leave allowances, three years promotion and 134 months unpaid pension.
Following the expiry of the ultimatum, the workers protested at the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, in Abeokuta on Tuesday. While the protest was ongoing, the the leaders of the NLC, Trade Union Congress and Joint Negotiating Council gathered for a closed-door meeting with the Government which later ended in a deadlock.
“Unfortunately the negotiation ended in a deadlock. And so the one-week warning strike will commence at 12 midnight tomorrow (Wednesday), the NLC Chairman, Emmanuel Bankole was quoted by Premium Times.
“With the facts before us, Ogun State is not the poorest in the South-West. So, we are saying no, all their excuses are unacceptable to us. The position of the government is unacceptable to us. What they said was that minimum wage will have to be delayed so that they can do certain things and we said no, enough is enough.”
In April 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill into law but only a few states in Nigeria have started the implementation.