The Nigeria Labour Congress officials has disclosed that out of the 36 state of the federation only 10 have implemented the new minimum wage sign into law by president Muhammadu Buhari.
In an earlier report by The Nation newspaper, it was reported that the President Nigeria Labour congress, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed that the union has concluded plans for industrious action in Taraba, Cross River and Kogi state for failure to engage workers representative on talks to initiate the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Legit reported that about 23 state has comply with the December 31st deadline by opening talks with the workers representative on the payment of the new minimum wage and adjustment on senior civil servant’s wages.
In an interviewed with Channels Television programme, Mr. Wabba, categorised the state in three part.
In Lagos and Kaduna the workers have joined their federal government colleagues to enjoyed the implementation of the new minimu wage, Wabba said.
Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Ebonyi, Kebb where already on talks to conclude consequantial adjustment of their workers wages.
About 23 state are still engaging workers union leaders in their states on the adjustments.
According to the NLC boss, the assent of President Buhari has mandated all state government to pay the new minimum wage without hesitation.
We are actually on track. The federal government has set the pace. They have been able to meet up with all the obligations, including payment of arrears. Let us also not lose sight of the fact that from the day the president assented to the bill, it became law. Therefore, states have no reason not to respect a law that was enacted. Wabba said.
We insist on the process of collective bargaining because we don’t want an allocation of peanuts to workers. The principle of collective bargaining is enshrined in international law that workers should be able to know what they will be paid because the N30,000 is already a law. What we are discussing is the consequential adjustment.
That is why the unions are interested in looking at the details before they sign. Some (states) will want to pay peanut and that is what we are trying to avoid.”
Wabba has disclosed that the NLC leadership will engage the TUC and JPSNC to review the situation in all the state and take appropriate actions.
We have three states that are yet to commence anything. We have Cross River, Kogi and Taraba state. These states are yet to even constitute the negotiating committee and these three states have not shown enough commitment to actually start the process of negotiating and implementing the minimum wage.
We are going to engage all those states (still on the negotiating table) in the weeks to come in the normal way of labour. We are not fully satisfied but we need to commend those states, particularly the ten that I have mentioned that have actually complied. If the 10 states that I have mentioned have complied, then other states have no reason not to comply.”