"We Shall Deal With Any Governor That Refuse To Pay New Minimum Wages This December..." - Focus News


Saturday, 28 December 2019

"We Shall Deal With Any Governor That Refuse To Pay New Minimum Wages This December..."

  • Federal Government has signed and passed new minimum wages into law.
  • A governor who fails to implement new minimum wages this Dec. 31 should resign
  • We are ready to deal with any governor that fails to pay new minimum wages.

Ahead of Dec. 31, Labour has revealed its plan to deal with any governor that fails to pay his minimum wages to the labour of his state.
On Friday, Labour has made it known to the general public  its plan to deal with any governor that refuses to implement the new minimum wages in his state.
It should be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had signed new minimum wages on 18 April, 2019 and in six month later he signed it into law to ensure that labour get raised and enjoyed new payment structure. Yet up to this moment some state governors are reluctant to implement this minimum wages in their various states. 
Federal Government and the Labour Congress signed agreement that there would be 23.2% increase for workers on level seven, 20% for workers on level eight, 19% for workers on level nine, 10% for level ten to level fourteen and 14% for workers on level fifteen to seventeen. 
Despite this agreement, only five out of thirty-six governors in Nigeria have commenced the payment of new minimum wages– these states include Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi and Lagos state.

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The Nation reports that, Secretary General of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Musa Ozigi said on Friday in Abuja that, they are ready to fight any governor who fails to meet up with promised Dec. 31. He said, any governor that refuses to pay the minimum wages ready to stage war against the labour.
Ozigi, in an interview in Abuja on Friday, said organised labour would decide on how to handle recalcitrant state governors who fail to implement the new wage at the end of the December 31 deadline.

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He said: “Most states are working hard. Let us see how they go. Deadline does not mean that if it expires we will take action immediately. It simply means that the grace period is over and anything can happen thereafter.
“In other words, when you give a deadline or an ultimatum, once it expires, it does not mean you will take action immediately.
“It simply means that the grace period given to government is over. From that moment, you will not be held for any action.
“On the minimum wage, we are also watching. I can assure you that by the end of next week, if any state governor has not done anything relating to the minimum wage he has only declared war against labour and we know what to do.

In his statement, “We are listening to every state to know exactly what is happening so that it will give us opportunity to prepare for the worst case ahead.
"We know most states have started, especially in the north and south. But by Tuesday, we would have been able to gather our data to know the next line of action. " Even some states have set up their own committee to ensure that within one week they finish. That means that they also have that Tuesday (deadline) in mind."
Ozigi said any state governor who are not ready to comply should resign to allow another person to come in. He urged the governors not to use new revenue sharing formula as an excuse, said it is too late to use that as an excuse.
He said said: “Any governor that feels he can use that (revenue formula) as an excuse to pay is calling for labour action.
“We do not want to pre-empt anybody, but we have told them very clearly it is either you do what is right or stay out of power and let somebody who can do it come there, and we have not changed the position.
“Any governor that is not prepared to pay minimum wage has no business in government.
“That is the basic principle on which we stand, and from Tuesday you will see reaction.
“But I can assure you it will not be immediate, because we need to go back to our people (labour leaders) to decide what kind of plan we are going to use to deal with that kind of governor.”

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