President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has charged state chapters of the union to take over the monitoring of the implementation of the brand new minimal wage.
In an interview earlier than the settlement on consequential adjustment of salaries for ranges 07 and above was signed final Friday with the Federal Government, he mentioned it was left for the management of the union on the state ranges to open dialogue with authorities for implementation.
“We have completed with the primary and second phases, the third which is the final stage is the implementation at state ranges, which we are going to monitor. By signing this settlement on the consequential adjustment of salaries for officers on 07 and above, it’s anticipated that state chapters will proceed participating their governments to implement what now we have agreed upon.
“The minimal wage is a regulation that’s biding on each employers of labour, there is no such thing as a query about it that now we have a regulation in place, the regulation should be obeyed and that’s the reason we’re calling on our members on the State ranges to open discourse with State authorities and likewise for the Private sector to do likewise.
Wabba added that the template for the implementation of the minimal wage might be despatched to all chapters on the state and people on the personal sectors, noting that progress of negotiation could be monitored.
The NLC president urged union leaders not to compromise whereas participating authorities officers and administration of firms throughout negotiation as he lamented that the little features of the minimal wage had been eroded by unfriendly financial insurance policies of the current authorities.
“The management of the union is conscious that what we had been capable of extract from authorities is pittance, at the least we bought one thing so as to add to the pocket of our members. It means we nonetheless have many rivers to criss and we won’t relent in asking for a greater welfare for staff as a result of we produce the wealth of the nation.
“If you look at it, all the gains of the minimum wage have been removed by imposition of taxes, increase in tariffs and inflation, so we are yet to reach the point of no agitation or demand for better welfare for workers,” he mentioned.
Wabba suggested governors to cooperate with unions and implement the minimal wage immediately, warning that the union won’t settle for excuses of lack of ability to pay.