Minimum Wage: NLC issues ultimatum to Zamfara govt.

Minimum Wage: NLC issues ultimatum to Zamfara govt.

By Ibrahim Ahmad, Gusau.


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Zamfara State chapter, on Thursday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Zamfara State Government to implement the payment of the national minimum wage.


The state NLC Chairman, Sani Haliru, told newsmen that the decision was taken by the State Executive Council of NLC at its meeting in Gusau.


Haliru accused the state government of playing “delay tactics” on the issue for over a year.


“We have exhausted all avenues of dialogue with the government; the option now left for us to go on strike to ensure that our right is given to us,” he said.


Haliru dismissed as fake, reports circulating on social media that the state government had been paying 70 per cent of the minimum wage to workers.


He said that the promise by the state governor to commence payment of the 30,000 minimum wage in June had yet to be fulfilled.


Haliru added that even the latest promise by the state Head of Service to effect payment in August had not also been fulfilled.


“We cannot continue to fold our hands and allow the state government to mess up workers in the state,” he said.


The NLC chairman said that workers in Zamfara State would embark on an indefinite strike if after the 21 days’ ultimatum, the state government failed to commence the payment of the minimum wage.

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