Osun workers demand implementation of new minimum wage
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Workers in Osun state have urged the Governor Gboyega Oyetola led administration to implement the new minimum wage in order to further stimulate the economy.
The State chairmen of Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, Comrade Babatunde Adekomi and Comrade Adekola Adebowale respectively disclosed this during the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration in Osogbo.
Adebowale urged the governor to implement the new minimum wage, noting that it would boost the purchasing power of workers in the state.
On his part, the NLC chairman, Babatunde Adekomi urged the state government to commence negotiations with the leadership of the state labour in earnest to fashion modalities of paying the new minimum wage.
While commending the governor for having listening ear, he urged him to look into the issues affecting workers and pensioners with the required attention in order to put smiles on the faces of workers and restore dying souls.
He urged the governor to look into the arrears of salary and pensions, gratuities, contributory pension scheme, monetising the last promotion exercise among others.
The State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola while addressing workers said the day is set aside for workers to review, reflect and project into the future in order to deliver credible services.
The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi stressed that since the creation of the state in 1991, workers have proved themselves as a formidable and competitive entity which has promoted the state as a force to reckon with.
Oyetola who noted that his administration is workers-oriented said he has deliberately enforced a policy of equitable distribution of resources and services to achieve sustainable and competitive development.
While appreciating the workers’ unions across the state, he urged workers to approach their jobs with renewed vigour and commitment and embrace the government agenda for development.