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Minimum wage: Kwara labour backtracks, rejects Government proposal

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Kwara State, Comrade Isa Ore has stated that the organized labour had rejected the consequential adjustment that was presented by the Kwara State Government.

Isa Ore stated this in an interview with Punch Correspondents on the reason why they signed the minimum wage agreement with the state Government despite the non implementation for GL7-17.

“The state government has been paying the minimum wage to workers on grade level 1-6. We had to sign the minimum wage agreement with them to make them committed because if they don’t sign the agreement, they may withdraw the payment anytime.”

“But, we are yet to agree on consequential adjustment for workers on level 7-17 because we did not agree with the table presented to the labour by the government team.”

Ore who said the minimum wage team comprised of labour team and the goverment team headed by the Head of the State Civil Service and some permanent secretaries stated that the table presented to the labour team by the government, “was not acceptable and could not be in the interest of the state workers.”

The Kwara State Government on Friday said in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, it ‘inked’ the minimum wage agreement with the labour unions in the state, confirming that the payment for levels 1 to 6 had begun in February 2021.

Ajakaye said the agreement held that the consequential adjustment would be implemented ‘as would be agreed upon by the minimum wage committee’ amid ongoing negotiations between the two parties.

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