Kwara govt meeting with Labour over minimum wage deadlocked

The Kwara State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has reportedly abruptly ended a negotiation meeting with the state government over the latter’s failure to implement the payment of N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state.

Harmony Times also learnt that the labour union threatened to embark on an indefinite strike any time from now over the Kwara State Government failure to meet their demand.

Recall that, last year, the labour union kicked against the planned consequential adjustment component of the minimum wage presented by the state government.

According to a reliable source who doesn’t want his name in print, the labour unions have resolved not to accept any consequential adjustment on the payment of the new minimum wage.

“It is a national issue and we will not succumb to any move to adjust the payment because it is our due and it must be paid without any condition.

“And if the state government fails to implement this full payment of new minimum wage to the workers, workers in the state would embark on total strike action in compliance with the national headquarters of the NLC directive that any state that fails to implement the payment of the new minimum wage, workers of that affected states should commence strike action,” the source said.

However, the state Governor, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has summoned a meeting with the labour leaders next Tuesday when he observed the impending strike action of the NLC.

In a statement issued in Ilorin yesterday signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, the discussion would allow the government to take a firm discussions concerning the consequential adjustment component of the minimum wage.

The statement read: “The Governor will lead the government’s team to interface with labour leaders to again look at the pending issues concerning the minimum wage.”

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