…demand fee of multibillion naira pension, gratuity arrears
…organised labour set for Kaduna strike, alleges El-Rufai sacked 30,000
•Switch of minimal wage to concurrent listing gained’t work – FG
Staff underneath the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Commerce Union Congress have known as on the state governors to completely implement the N30,000 minimal wage authorised by the Federal Authorities.
The employees, who spoke on Saturday at separate occasions held throughout the nation to mark the Worldwide Staff’ Day, mentioned the brand new minimal wage was not solely their rights but additionally non-negotiable.
The labour union leaders famous that whereas some states had but to implement the N30,000 minimal wage, various different governors who had carried out it failed to take action absolutely.
As such, they expressed anger in regards to the state of affairs and insisted employees would settle for nothing however full implementation of the N30,000 nationwide minimal wage.
Talking on the Could Day celebration held on the Metropolitan Sq., Ilorin, Kwara State, the state Chairman of TUC, Mr Akinsola Akinwunmi, known as on the state authorities to return to the negotiation desk to handle their excellent calls for.
“The N30,000 minimal wage and consequential adjustment is our proper and should be carried out for an improved lifestyle of the least paid employees,” he mentioned.
Responding, the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, appealed to the employees to train persistence and present understanding within the gentle of the present financial realities.
Additionally, the NLC Chairman in Kogi State, Onu Edoka, lamented that employees within the state might now not deal with the present financial realities with out the implementation of the N30,000 minimal wage, including that any plan to maneuver the minimal wage from the unique listing to the concurrent listing could be rejected.
“Any particular person pushing for the demonic plan of eradicating the minimal wage from the unique to the concurrent listing will likely be rejected by hundreds of thousands of Nigerian employees. Such act isn’t just anti-workers but additionally a plot to place employees on the mercy of some people within the nation,” he mentioned.
Edoka additionally appealed to the state Governor Yahaya Bello to handle the difficulty of “share wage” fee to native authorities lecturers within the state.
“When employees are extremely motivated, it is going to improve their work effectivity and productiveness. Over time, our native authorities employees and lecturers are feeding their households with share salaries. It didn’t begin with the present administration, as we gained’t draw back from the truth that there was an enchancment when Governor Bello got here on board,” he mentioned.
The organised labour in Borno State additionally decried the non-payment of salaries of 6,000 lecturers for 9 months and demanded the implementation of the N30,000 minimal wage for native authorities employees.
The state Chairman of the NLC, Bulama Abiso, mentioned the present actuality of paying native authorities employees and lecturers the outdated wage of 18,000 was not acceptable.
Staff in Bayelsa State additionally requested the state authorities to pay the N30,000 minimal wage, the gratuities of native authorities retirees, and implement the annual wage increment and promotion.
The state NLC Chairman, John Ndiomu, who delivered a joint handle on behalf of the labour unions, additionally demanded coaching and retraining of civil servants.
In Cross River State, the NLC and TUC condemned the actions of kidnappers within the state and decried the extended keep of the state NLC chairman, Benedict Ukpepi, within the custody of kidnappers since March 21, 2021.
The employees, who staged a protest on the Freedom Park in Calabar on Saturday, known as on the safety companies to safe Ukpepi’s launch.
The Benue State chapter of the NLC additionally appealed to Governor Samuel Ortom to pay the 72-month pension arrears owed to retired native authorities employees within the state.
It additionally appealed to the governor to implement the nationwide minimal wage for employees on Grade Degree 7 and above.
The NLC chairman, Mr Godwin Anya, mentioned in Makurdi on Saturday that the state authorities additionally owed lecturers 10 months’ wage arrears, 9 months for council employees, and 5 months’ salaries for state authorities employees.
Anya mentioned the non-payment of the wage areas had not solely brought on hardship but additionally dampened the morale of employees, lamenting that the federal government had remained unresponsive to the problems of pensions and salaries.
However Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu, blamed insecurity for his administration’s lack of ability to be up and operating within the fee of salaries and pensions as safety companies depend upon the state authorities for funding.
The governor, nevertheless, promised to handle the difficulty earlier than the tip of his administration.
Equally, the Kano State chapter of the NLC known as on Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to pay the N26bn excellent pensions, and gratuities of retirees.
The state NLC chairman, Mr Kabir Ado-Minjibir, mentioned, “This motion will equally cut back the large improve of pensioners inside 5 years, thereby giving a chance to the Kano State Pension Funds Trustee to offset its excellent liabilities.”
Staff in Abia State additionally requested the state authorities to clear the excellent salaries of employees within the state.
“The issue is that many states within the federation aren’t paying employees’ salaries and pensions. If salaries and pensions aren’t paid commonly, employees will likely be unable to cater for his or her households,” the state NLC chairman, Chief Uchenna Obigwe, mentioned.
The Kebbi State NLC Chairman, Umar Halidu-Alhassan, additionally on Saturday requested the state authorities to settle the gratuities of retirees and pay the employees their 2020 go away grant.
However the state Governor, Atiku Bagudu, on Saturday mentioned his administration wouldn’t be capable to pay the 2020 go away grant of the employees and the excellent gratuities.
“Regardless of the dwindling assets, the state authorities nonetheless pays salaries, runs the federal government and places in some infrastructure within the state. The union ought to liaise with the Ministry of Finance for a manner out,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the Zamfara State Authorities mentioned it had launched measures to cushion the consequences of hardship suffered by employees as a result of non-implementation of the N30,000 minimal wage.
Equally, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, mentioned the state authorities would maintain reforms and insurance policies to enhance the lives of the folks.
Obaseki, who spoke in Benin Metropolis whereas addressing employees at an occasion to mark the Staff’ Day, urged them to help his administration’s efforts to extend income.
Organised labour set for Kaduna strike, alleges El-Rufai sacked 30,000 employees
In the meantime, the Kaduna State chapter of the NLC has criticised the state authorities for the alleged mass sacking and casualisation of employees, describing the motion “as probably the most brutal assault on employees and commerce unions’ rights in Nigeria’s historical past.”
The state NLC chairman, Mr Ayuba Suleiman, who spoke in Kaduna on Saturday, mentioned the federal government had both sacked or casualised greater than 60 per cent of the state workforce.
He mentioned, “We take into account the current mass sacking and casualisation of greater than 60 per cent of the workforce in Kaduna State as probably the most brutal assault on employees and commerce union rights in our nation’s historical past.
“Between 2016 and 2021, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sacked 21,770 main schoolteachers, 7,310 native authorities staff, 3,000 personnel within the state civil service, and 1,240 employees within the well being sector.
“Whereas the state authorities sacked employees with one hand, it elevated the varsity charges on the Kaduna State College by virtually 500 per cent. This clearly reveals a well-mapped plan to make the kids of the working class destitute,” Suleiman mentioned.
In the meantime, the Amalgamated Union of Public Companies, Civil Service Technical and Leisure Companies Workers has linked the rising insecurity in Kaduna, Niger and Kogi states to the sacking of about 30,000 employees by the Kaduna State authorities.
Most lately, the state had final month disengaged about 5,000 native authorities employees, hinging the choice on its dwindling funds and excessive wage invoice.
Following the event, the NLC declared a five-day withdrawal of companies within the state to protest the sacking.
However talking throughout Staff’ Day celebration in Abuja on Saturday, AUPCTRE’s Basic Secretary, Sikiru Waheed, mentioned the mass sacking had contributed to rising insecurity in Kaduna State and the neighbouring states of Niger, Kogi, in addition to the Federal Capital Territory.
Minimal wage switch to concurrent listing gained’t work, says FG
In the meantime, the Federal Authorities on Saturday assured employees within the nation that the proposal to switch of the nationwide minimal wage from the manager listing to the concurrent listing wouldn’t work.
It mentioned the minimal wage was a nationwide regulation that must be complied with by the states and the non-public sector.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who acknowledged these on the 2021 Could Day celebration in Abuja on Saturday, mentioned, “A tripartite clause association which coordinated the federal government enacting the nationwide minimal wage on April 18, 2019, and the President in signing the regulation made it clear that the regulation takes impact on that day.
“That regulation is a nationwide regulation; it’s not that which you’ll be able to select for anyone that falls inside the ambit of that regulation. It isn’t a query of choose and select. We moved the nationwide minimal wage from N18,000 monthly to N30,000; it’s an irreducible clause and we want a social safety mechanism.
“We, due to this fact, count on the states and other people within the non-public sector to conform. Modification or attempting to broaden that regulation or attempting to deliver the regulation into the concurrent listing of the establishment is not going to work.”
Earlier, the President, NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, described an try to take away the nationwide minimal wage to the concurrent listing as a mischievous effort to foment disaster, chaos and anarchy within the nation.
“Our argument for the retention of the nationwide minimal wage on the unique legislative listing is to additionally propel the truth that the minimal wage is a software for social inclusion and poverty discount for Nigerian employees.
“It has been a list of office and commerce union rights violations. First is the legal refusal by some state governors to pay the brand new nationwide minimal wage and consequential improve in salaries, thus violating the employees’ rights,” the Information Company of Nigeria quoted Wabba as saying.
“Now we have already directed all our state councils to down instruments if any governor stays adamant about paying the brand new nationwide minimal wage,” he added.
Wabba additional mentioned the weak spot of the social safety system within the nation worsened the ache and frustration of employees amidst the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jonathan hails labour union
On Saturday, former President Goodluck Jonathan described employees as the foremost pillar for the event and survival of Nigeria.
He mentioned the employees’ sacrifices had been the foremost motive for the nation’s existence.
The previous President, who acknowledged this on his official Fb web page whereas marking the Staff’ Day, mentioned, “I rejoice all Nigerian employees on this yr’s #InternationalWorkersDay. You’re a main pillar for the event and survival of our nation.
“Your commitments and sacrifices to the progress of our nation have been a serious motive why we’ve got continued to exist as one nation and recorded many victories in occasions of worldwide and nationwide challenges. Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, lots of you’ve been on the vanguard of defending lives and giving hope to hundreds of thousands of individuals.
“Irrespective of the challenges we face right this moment as a rustic, I urge us to stay selfless in service, patriotic in motion and deal with the reason for nation-building.”
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