Ekiti Workers Reject Withdrawal of Minimum Wage

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ORGANISED labour in Ekiti has rejected the withdrawal of minimum wage and consequential adjustment by the state government, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Governor Fayemi

The organised labour, which comprises the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), met the governor, Kayode Fayemi, in a closed-door meeting on the state of the economy.

In a statement signed by Ekiti State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Kolapo Olatunde, his TUC counterpart, Comrade Sola Adigun and JNC Chairman, Comrade Kayode Fatomiluyi, after the meeting, the unions condemned any attempt to further impoverish workers and all vulnerable groups in the state.

“We met with Governor Fayemi on Monday on the state of the economy and the position of the entire workforce was made known to him.

“The workers of Ekiti reject any withdrawal of minimum wage and consequential adjustment payment by the state which is a product of a process that has been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“In the same vein, the labour movement rejects any stoppage of subvention to all educational institutions in Ekiti, as proposed.

“We viewed any attempt under any guise to further impoverish the living standard of workers and all vulnerable groups in Ekiti State as inhuman and unacceptable.

“To this end, the state organised Labour further advocate the inclusion of GL 13-GL 17 in the implementation of the consequential adjustment payment among other arrears of workers welfare.

The organised labour promised the workers that it would not compromise on their welfare.

NAN reports that in January, the Ekiti State government announced that it will implement the minimum wage and consequential adjustment for workers in the state’s workforce.

The announcement followed a meeting the government had with organised labour where it was agreed that the salaries of officers in the civil service be adjusted.

NAN reports that the government said the implementation of the consequential adjustment will commence immediately.

It said the salaries of workers in the state will be reviewed upward based on the recommendations of the economic review committee.

The government also agreed not to sack, victimise or intimidate any worker as a result of the implementation.

The organised labour gave Mr Fayemi until May 1 to pay all outstanding salaries of workers in the state.

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