The meeting between the Kwara State Government and the Labour Union in the state has ended in deadlock as both parties could not reach an agreement on the new minimum wage negotiations.
It was understood that the the labour union outrightly rejected the offer tabled before them by the State Government at the meeting.
According to a statement signed by the State Auditor of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Kwara State Branch, Rahman Kannike Shuaib, the Acting Chairman of Kwara State Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Tunde Joseph reported that the Labour outrightly rejected the offer of the state government.
Joseph, who also coupled as the Secretary of Labour Side in the Joint Negotiation Council, described the offer as a slap on the face of the entire workforce in the state.
“Not only was the former table that was almost completed before the institution of a judicial litigation on the issue of the new minimum wage law by the state government jettisoned, the new minimum wage table put on the current by the state government according to our negotiation team only reflected One Thousand Naira ( N1000:00K) across the board increase for Senior Civil Servants from Grade Level 07 upward,” the statement read.
It added, “Furthermore, the state government is claiming initially to be ready to implement the new minimum wage for Junior Workers on Grade Level 01 to Grade Level 06 which the Labour Side also rejected because there must be a mutually agreed Minimum Wage table before any implementation by our employers, and that the new Minimum Wage implementation should not be done piecemeal ( in stages).
“It should be noted that the fifth columnists spreading unfounded rumours based on the recent press release by the HoS, that Labour leaders in the state have compromised the negotiation process should be disregarded by all Kwara State Workers since the said press release was done without any input from the Labour Side and is not a true reflection of the state of negotiations that is about to breakdown.
“All eyes and prayers of we workers should not only be directed at our amiable Governor, but also the judicial process taking place in Akure at the National Industrial Court.”