… give 14 days ultimatum
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The organised labour in Kwara state, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) ad Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) have asked workers in the state to embark on three days fasting and prayer commencing from Wednesday, February 5th- 7th, 2020.
According to them, the move is for God’s intervention on the delay implementation of a new national minimum wage in the state.
The labour also gave 14 days ultimate to the state government to commence the implementation of the new wage, stating it should not be held responsible for any industrial action should the government failed to comply.
The state government and the negotiating committees comprising representatives of the organised labour have failed to agree on the consequential adjournments table after holding series of meetings.
On Monday, the organized labour held a joint congress held at the labour House to deliberate on the issue.
The congress was jointly presided over by the state’s NLC chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Ore; TUC chairman, Kolawole Olumoh and JNC , Comrade Saliu Suleiman
After extensive deliberation at the congress, the labour resolved that union leaders and all workers in the state should embark on fasting and prayers for God’s intervention.
In a communique issued at the end of the joint congress, the organised labour also debunked claim by the state commissioner of finance that the committee has concluded on the table for the new minimum wage in Kwara state.
The communique was jointly signed by the state NLC chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, TUC chairman, Kolawole Olumoh and chairman, JNC, Saliu O Suleiman.
The communique reads: “The entire workers in Kwara state appreciated the unity/doggedness and resolute of the labour leaders and promised their full support to achieve our set goals.
“On the issue of the minimum wage committee meeting, the labour representatives at the committee rejected the table by the government in totality and wish to inform the workers that its meeting ended in deadlock.
“The meeting resolved that the state government should be given 14 days ultimatum starting from 31st January 2020 for the home to intervene and resolve all issues related to minimum wage.
“The labour movement in Kwara State wishes to debunk the submission of the commissioner of Finance on Sobi Fm that the committee has concluded on the table for the new minimum wage in Kwara state.
“Workers in the state are implored to go on three days fasting and prayers for their demands on the minimum wage to be achieved starting on Wednesday 5th-7th February 2020.
“In view of the above, therefore, the labour movement should not be held responsible for any industrial action that may be deployed to press home our demands”.