Labour has directed all workers across the country to get ready to fight for the implementation of the minimum wage law. This is as a result of the fact that negotiations between Government and the NLC over the implementation of the minimum wage law has reached a cul-de-sac and according to Labour, the Government has refused to hold meetings with them as regards core issues concerning the implementation of the law. The issues are: to conclude negotiation on the implementation of the new law not later than July 31, 2011 and to conclude a detailed negotiation of the implication of the law on payment of salary relativity.
At a joint press conference held in Abuja on Thursday, the government delegation led by the Head of Service, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, insisted that government could only pay the minimum wage to workers on grade levels one to six.
It should be recalled that this was the Government’s former position when the NLC initially issued a strike warning, however on July 19th, the Government agreed to pay workers at all grade levels so as to avoid the strike.
Afolabi was said to have told the labour leaders that government would not pay the new wage to non-civil servants. Those who signed the statement were Kiri, the Acting General Secretary of the NLC, Mr. Owei Lakemfa; the Deputy President and General Secretary of the TUC, Mr. Musa Tolly and Chief John Kolawole respectively
He said the Head of Service even threatened that unless labor agreed with the position of the government, even workers on grade levels one to six would not receive the new wage.