Oyo, Osun unions protest, urge FG to implement committee’s recommendations.
Civil servants in Oyo State have urged the Federal Government to implement the Tripartite Committee report on new pay.
The workers, under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), joined their colleagues across the country on a nationwide protest to demand the implementation of N30,000 new wage.
Led by state NLC Chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran, the protesting workers carried placards with inscriptions such as Workers Are Not Slaves; On N30,000 New Minimum Wage We Stand; Decent Minimum Wage Is A Right, Not A Privilege and Workers Deserve The Best, Do It Now.
In the procession, which started from NLC Secretariat and ended at State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, they noted that processions were largely unnecessary due to the fact that states and Federal Government, labor and organized private sector had earlier agreed on N30,000.
Olojede, who spoke on behalf of the workers, urged the federal and state governments to muster the political will to implement the committee’s report.
He asked the state government to reaffirm its pacesetter status by being among the first states to implement the new minimum wage.
Upon receiving the letter in which organized labor listed its demands, Deputy Governor of the state, Moses Adeyemo, affirmed that governors were sympathetic to workers plight and acknowledged that N18,000 minimum pay was inadequate.
He expressed hope that governors will ensure that they implement minimum wage this year, noting, however, that the capability of state governments to pay would differ.
Meanwhile, Osun state workers yesterday protested against non-implementation of the proposed N30,000 as new least wage by the Federal Government.
The workers had earlier converged on the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo to register their grievances, also went to the Ola-Iya Junction as they sang different solidarity songs to press home their demands.
Armed with placards with different inscriptions such as No Retreat, No Surrender On Our Demand; We Will Be Resolute To Our Plight; We Will Not Relent In Pursuing Our Goals and On N30,000 Minimum Wage We Stand, they threatened not to back down over non-implementation of the new minimum pay.
While addressing them, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi said they would not relent until their demands are met.