The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) , Ogun State Council , has expressed shock, disappointment and feeling of betrayal as Gov. Dapo Abiodun failed to pay workers minimum wage as promised.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Friday by the state chairman of the congress to commemorate May Day celebration.
“We wish to place on record that the Congress was not privy to the decision of the government to backslide from the earlier agreement.
“It is no longer news that the state Government have met and agreed with labour on the payment of the new minimum wage. In fact, government had earlier announced that workers would be paid their March, 2020, salaries based on the workings of the minimum wage.
“In furtherance to our bid as a labour Centre to engender industrial peace and work force efficiency, we wish to remind Government of its constitutional responsibility and moral obligations so as to think out of the box and re-engineer its economic machinery to be able to implement the payment of the new minimum wage in spite of everything that has happened since March to date.
“It is also of interest to reiterate the need for the state government to make payable in the shortest possible time the arrears of leave allowances owed workers in the state.
“Additionally, the arrears of global deductions, all labour unions and associations Check of Dues should be remitted without delay.
“Furthermore, it is unfortunate to note and painful to realize that as of May 1st, 2020, Ogun State Civil and Public Servants are yet to have the conduct of 2018 and 2019 promotion exercises done or implemented by the government and her agencies.
“This is slavery in 2020. The Trade Union Congress calls on the Governor to without delay set machinery in motion to effect this exercise.
“In the same vein, we are bothered by the nonpayment of the accumulated gratuity to our senior citizens who have retired in droves from 2012 to date. It is illogical, unwholesome and unGodly to owe people who had contributed immensely to the economy and stability of the state.
“This is the best time they can be made happy and comfortable in retirement. In fact, it is a fact that our contributive pension deductions and government’s counterpart funding, are hanging in the balance since God knows when.
“It means that those of us in service are not promised of any comfort any time we retire. We therefore urge government to stop deductions immediately while we return to table to fashion a way forward.
“The Trade Union Congress, Ogun State Council, also wishes to vehemently enjoin government against any intention to deduct or cut workers pay in a bid to source funds to help the less-privileged or for other purposes arising from the need to cushion the economic crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
” Workers in the state are parts of those who are worse hit by the economic crisis and any attempt to cut their pay will definitely not go down well with the workers and Labour,” he said.
He commended the the governor for the proactive approach to combating the pandemic on all fronts.