Minimum wage: Ogun workers to begin strike on Thursday

Femi Adeleke
Following Ogun State government alleged refusal to negotiate and implement the minimum wage, the Organised Labour in the State on Monday directed its members to embark on two-day “warning Strike”.
The “Organised Labour” comprises the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and The Joint Negotiating Council (JNC).
Addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, the State capital, the representatives of three unions, insisted that the directive became inevitable because all their efforts to get the government to set up a committee to determine the “Consequential adjustment” of the new minimum wage had been bluffed.
The Unions had last month issued an ultimatum to Governor Dapo Abiodun’s administration and threatened a showdown over its delay in opening negotiation with the labour on the new national minimum Wage.
The NLC Chairman, Comrade Bankole Emmanuel who spoke on behalf of the TUC Chairman, Comrade Fajobi Olubunmi and the JNC Chairman, Folorunso Olanrewaju, said all their correspondences to the government, stressing the need to negotiate with them had not been replied “rather we are treated with menus of deceits and apparent misinformation”.
Emmanuel said the government’s attitude towards the implementation of the minimum wage had convinced them that it is “unwilling to implement it, let alone negotiate its consequential adjustments”.
Reacting to the planned strike, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, said the planned strike action was “uncalled for” as government was doing everything possible to the meet workers’ demand.
Somorin said the government had assured them (workers) that the committee they requested for would soon be set up.
He appealed to the workers not to do anything to disturb industrial peace in the State.
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