The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the N22,500 minimum wage proposal of state governors.
Labour is insisting on N30,000 but after a three-hour meeting on Tuesday, the 36 state governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in Abuja last night said they would only be able to pay N22,500.
Labour had embarked on rallies in several states of the federation yesterday to demonstrate its resolve to down tools on Tuesday, November 6 unless the government met its demand for N30,000.
But inspite of the governors’ decision, some states are takimg different positions on the amount to be paid or being page as minimum wage
The Bayelsa State Government on Tueaday assured its civil servants of the government’s willingness to pay N30,000.
The state’s Head of Civil Service, Mr Wellington Obiri, made the promise when the leaders of the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress led a peaceful protest to the Government House, Yenagoa.
“I want to assure Bayelsa workers that government is in support of your quest for minimum wage. The N30,000 minimum wage will be implemented by the state government” Obiri said.
“In anticipation of that, Governor Seriake Dickson has directed the Head of Service and the Finance Committee to start working out the modalities for the implementation of whatever decision that is agreed and such a decision will be adhered to by the government”
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, while addressing members of the organised labour who were on a protest march to the Government House, in Benin City on Tuesday, said his state was already paying more than the N22,500 agreed by the govenors. While other states are paying the existing miimum wage of N18,000, Edo pays N25,000.
“We believe in labour and our government is labour-friendly that is why we have maintained a harmonious relationship with labour in the state and have not had a single strike in two years”.