By Bisi Oyelere
Barring any last minute changes, the Kwara State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress will this week embark on indefinite strike owing to the delayed implementation of minimum wage among other sundry issues, Fresh Insight has gathered.
It would be recalled the Nigeria Labour Congress had last week directed workers in 18 states where the national minimum wage of N30, 000 had yet to be paid to immediately proceed on strike.
The congress said about half of the 36 states of the federation were yet to conclude negotiations on payment of the minimum wage.
Prominent amongst the affected States include Kwara, Imo, Rivers, Osun, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Gombe, Rivers and Ogun States among others.
Speaking with this medium on condition of anonymity, an highly placed Kwara NLC source said “The SEC of Kwara NLC met on Thursday and agreed to comply with the directive of the national headquarters to immediately proceed on industrial action to press for conclusion of negotiations and implementation of the new minimum wage, but before that all unions must embark on sensitisation and mobilisation of our members for total compliance.
“Also all our union SEC members are invited to an enlarge SEC meeting at labour house on Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 to finalise preparations.
Asked on the implication of the industrial action on the ongoing Court case at the Industrial Court, Ondo State, instituted against the union by the State government, he said ” This strike action has nothing to do with the case before the Court, this is a nationwide industrial action sanctioned by our National body, so it’s clearly different from the case before the Court.
“No going back on the strike action until pen is put to papers and dotted lines are signed with plans to pay arrears of this” the source added.
Meanwhile, the State Governor is billed to meet with the leadership of the Labour union on Tuesday according to a terse press release signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye and circulated on the social media on Thursday night, stressing that, the discussion would allow the government to take a firm decision concerning the consequential adjustment component of the minimum wage.
The statement said that, “The Governor will lead the government’s team to interface with labour leaders to again look at the pending issues concerning the minimum wage”.