The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Niger State, has issued the government with a 21-day ultimatum to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage or face an indefinite strike.
The State Executive Council (SEC), of the organized labour reached the decision, following an emergency meeting, which was held in Minna on Friday.
Labour said it was left with no option than to issue the ultimatum, following government’s inability to adequately respond to the issues raised in an earlier letter.
Labour in a letter, titled “notice of 21 days ultimatum of indefinite strike action”, jointly signed by the state Chairman, Yakubu Garba and state Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Yunusa D. Tanimu, it pointed out that “the organized labour in the state has resolved to once more demand from the government the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage, consequential adjustment and also payment of the accrued arrears before Monday, 4th February 2020.”
Recalled that the state government had said its 2020 budget is based on the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.
Mamman Musa, Commissioners for Planning, and that of Finance, Zakari Abubakar, while giving the breakdown of the budget in Minna recently, said like other aspects of the budget, the implementation will commence once the fiscal estimates is passed by the state house of assembly and assented to by the governor.
However, they declined to say exactly when the payment of the new minimum wage payment will commence, then said “…everything in the budget will be implemented in 2020.”
But they assured that the state will not have difficulty in paying the N30,000 minimum wage, saying they are already paying N22,500, and what they need is N7,500, which has been taken care of in the budget.