By Adekola Afolabi
Organised labour in Ondo State said they have written the state government on the need to begin implementation of the approved N35,000 wage award for all categories of workers by the Federal Government
The government recently approved N35,000 as wage award for all federal workers after negotiations between the organised labour leaders pending the time a new minimum wage will be approved next year.
The N35,000 wage award the labour leaders said it is expected to be replicated for State and local governments workers across the country.
Ondo State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Victor Amoko and his Trade Union, TUC, counterpart, Comrade Clement Fatuase, confirmed that a letter had been written to the State government to that effect.
Amoko explained that the organised labour is demanding full implementation of the wage award from the state government, beginning from October.
He revealed that the organised labour is awaiting the state government representatives to initiate a meeting with the labour leaders for the immediate implementation of the N35,000 wage award.
“There is need to talk because some governors can even pay more than the N35,000. So, there is need for us to have a meeting but we are not taking anything less than N35, 000, “Amoko added.
Also, Comrade Fatuase said during the labour’s negotiations with the federal government, representatives of Nigeria Governors’ Forum were present before the N35,000 was agreed upon, and therefore there is no need for fresh discussion/negotiation with state governors again, but seek immediate implementation of the wage award.
“We have written to the Governor, we expect invitation from them. That is just the summary. The directive given to us by the national secretariat is that we should discuss the implementation, not that we are negotiating again.
“Ondo state government has been good to labour/workers and they will continue to be good, “the TUC Chairman added.