By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The organized labour in Niger State has sent out a fore warning to the state government against any attempt to tinker with the national minimum wage as approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration following the signing into law , the N30,000 minimum wage for all governments and other employers of labour in the country.
Chairman, Niger State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Yahaya Idris Ndako said in an interview in Minna that workers in all public sector in the state would resist any attempt by anybody to shortchange the toiling workers in the state.
Comrade Ndako said with the law on the new minimum wage now a national matter, no government across the three tiers have any reason or rationale to pay anything less than the approved benchmark to it’s employees.
The NIger state NLC Chairman therefore asked the state government to set the machinery in motion for the commencement of the payment of the new minimum take home pay to all employees.
Comrade Ndako saluted the courage of President Muhammadu Bihari in signing into law the bill on new minimum wage saying that Nigerian workers deserved a living wage not pittance. He said the Nigerian public sector workers were happy with the new minimum wage now put in place.
He insisted that the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000 is unnegotiable.
Ndako similarly cautioned marketers and sellers of goods against hiking of prices of goods on the face of the minimum wage increase.
He said the new wage is the benchmark for all workers even as he stressed that no employee should pay amount less than the approved N30,000 but added however that employers should strive to add any reasonable amount over and above the approved N30,000 to their workers as minimum wage.
“NLC and other organized labour would not accept anything less than the approved N30, 000 but we would be happy if governments at the three tiers would add any amount over the new benchmark” he said.
The NLC Chairman urged civil servants in the state to reciprocate government’s gesture by rededicating themselves to their work with renewed vigour and commitment for improved service delivery.