Peter Esele disappointed (Photo: YouTube)
Former President of Trade Union Congress (TUC) Peter Esele has he foresees a strike action should the Federal Government fail to respect the terms of agreement reached with the organised labour on the new national minimum wage.
Concise News reports that Esele said this on Saturday in Benin in an interview with NAN.
He said that failure by government to do so would undermine the spirit and letters of the Minimum Wage Act signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described as unfortunate
the recent remarks by the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, that the Federal Government could not implement the consequential adjustments in the payment of the new minimum wage as proposed by labour.
“Does it mean that the various state agencies involved in the negotiations didn’t tabulate the figures to know what is payable or not?” Esele asked.
“If the answer is no, that is dereliction of duty and appropriate sanction should be meted out.
“The consequential adjustments which is another sticking point are known to the tripartite committee (Government, Employers and Labour). So it is expected to go seamlessly.
“But sadly, as with everything in Nigeria, it must be fought for, even if agreed upon.
“I foresee a strike action. Hopefully the president, his team and the organised labour can find a way out to avoid an industrial action.”
Deliberations for payment of N30, 000 minimum wage ongoing in Plateau – HOS
In related news, Izam Azi, Plateau Head of Service (HOS), says deliberations with relevant stakeholders for the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for workers in state have begun.
Izam stated this Thursday in Jos at the 10th Quadrennial Delegate Conference of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).
He, therefore, appealed for understanding from civil servants as they waited for the outcome of the deliberations.
He assured that Plateau would be among the first to implement the new minimum wage, as Governor Simon Lalong is a member of the negotiations team.
The HOS also disclosed that the Governor had approved the promotion of 10,000 civil servants in the state.
He said that the promotion was with corresponding salaries, adding that the names of benefiting workers would soon be made public.
He urged the workers to be diligent in their responsibilities.
Izam acknowledged that nurses practicing in the state had been up and doing in their profession.
He, however, charged them to be more dedicated to their duties, and to also handle patients with care.
Raphael Muduutdai, outgoing Chairman of the state chapter of NANNM, appealed to the government to consider employment of more nurses.
Muduutdai said that nurses were not enough in most hospitals, hence the need for employment of more manpower.
“I am appealing to government to please employ nurses at the federal, state and local levels
“The entire health care system is in dire need of nurses and if nothing is done, the system is heading to total collapse,” he warned.
He decried the poor welfare for most nurses in the state.