The organised labour in Ekiti State have threatened to reject Governor Kayode Fayemi’s proposal on the N30,000 minimal wage for employees if it doesn’t agree with the template set by the nationwide management of the labour centres.
The labour leaders insisted that regardless of the Fayemi administration would implement should be in consonance with the nationwide template increment of 66.6 per cent for Grade Levels 01 to 06, 29 per cent for 07 to 14 and 24 % for 15 to 17.
The place of the organised labour was contained in a press release collectively signed by the secretaries of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mohammed Bashman; Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Akinyemi Taiwo, and Public Service Joint Negotiating Council (PSJNC), Gbenga Olowoyo, respectively.
The labour leaders applauded Fayemi for his readiness to implement the proposal, however deplored the unilateral choice taken on the matter, contending that labour may have been carried alongside as earlier agreed on September 30 at a gathering with the Head of Service, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi.
Fayemi, had final Friday pronounced the readiness of his administration to impact the brand new minimal wage, commencing from October, through the 2019 version of the Teachers’ Day Celebration.
But the labour leaders acknowledged: “In line with the nationwide directive of the leaderships of the organised labour, something in need of the above proportion, the organised labour gained’t do something opposite to the Wednesday October 16, 2019 set for the nationwide strike in Nigeria over the insincerity of presidency to pay the brand new minimal wage to employees on GL 01 to 17.
“The organised labour is constrained to refer to a meeting of September 30 at the office of the Head of Service; the resolution then was that the state government must ensure due process with the setting up of negotiating team and in fulfilment of outstanding salaries and other emoluments before commencing N30,000 minimum wage, although the pronouncement made on October 5 had Contravened this resolution.”
The labour leaders additionally expressed hope that Governor Fayemi would fulfil his promise to defray the N57billion excellent employees’ salaries, allowances and pension earlier than clocking one yr in workplace on October 16.
They stated: “The liquidation of those excellent funds is sacrosanct. They embrace three months cost to public servants, September 2017 and May 2018 deductions, six months arrears of salaries to native authorities employees, monetary backing for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 employees’ promotions and go away bonuses for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 to civil servants.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the non-payment of these aforementioned outstanding before the promised date may threaten the industrial peace in our dear state.”