Minimum wage : Ogun workers commence 1 week warning strike Wednesday


Workers in Ogun  would on Wednesday, commence a one-week warning strike over  failure of the state government to implement the N30,000 minimum wage.The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ogun, Mr Emmanuel Bankole, disclosed this to newsmen after a three-hour closed door meeting between the leadership of Organised labour and government officials.The workers had given the state government a 14-day ultimatum to commence the payment of new minimum wage failure of which they vowed to embark on the strike.The ultimatum would  expire 12am on Wednesday.Bankole said the meeting between the labour and government had ended in deadlock hence their decision to embark on the strike.The labour leader said that the government had taken their demands for granted,  for too long.“Unfortunately the negotiation deadlocked and  so the one week warning strike will commence 12 mid night Wednesday.“With the facts before us , Ogun  is not the poorest in Southwest. If Lagos is paying and has continues to pay, Ondo state is paying and continues to pay, Oyo state is paying , there is no reason for Ogun  not to pay.“And so we are saying no, all their excuses are unacceptable to us.“The position of the government is unacceptable to us. What they said was that minimum wage will have to be delayed so that they can do certain things and we said no, enough is enough haven waited for so long,” he said.Speaking on their demands, Bankole said: “We are talking about gratuities that have not been paid for years, we are talking about leave allowance that has not been paid for years, we are talking about retirees that were shortchanged and not been paid.“Since 2018,, promotion for workers has been done in Ogun . These are the issues that we brought to the table and all attempts to get them to reason failed and so we are embarking on the warning strike.Reacting, the Special Adviser to Gov.  Dapo Abiodun on Public Affairs, Remmy Hazzan,  expressed surprise over the warning strike, saying it was not the reflection of what transpired at the meeting.Hazzan admitted that the organised labour had legitimate demands, but the financial status of the state made  it incapable to implement the minimum wage.He, however, said the government would continue to engage the workers in order to resolve the issue to avoid plunging the state into industrial disharmony.(NAN)

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