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Minimum wage: Prepare for strike, Unions tell Kwara workers

The organised labour unions in Kwara state have asked members to prepare for industrial action which will commence on Monday, October 12.

The labour leaders rejected another round of workers’ verification and audit by the Government as condition for payment of minimum wage to the workers.

This is contained in a statement jointly issued by the state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Aliyu Issa Ore, Acting state Chairman Trade Union Congress (TUC) Ezekiel Adegoke, and state Chairman, Joint Negotiating Council (JNC-TUS), Saliu Suleiman, made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.

The labour leaders had on September 28 given the state government 14-day ultimatum to start payment of the new national minimum wage.

The statement read partly, “Consequent upon the letter received from the office of the Head of Service, Kwara State, on the issue of Verification and auditing of the workers in the Civil service and the local governments, the organised labour under the auspices of the NLC, TUC and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC-TUS) vehemently rejected the verification exercise until the issues of the minimum wage are amicably signed and implemented for the workers in the state without any discrimination.

“Furthermore, all workers/industrial unions in Kwara state are hereby directed to commence mobilisation and sensitization of their members towards the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum which will elapse on Monday midnight (12.00)12 October 2020 for full industrial action in the state.”


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