The organized labour in Niger State has issued a twenty one days ultimatum to Niger state government to pay all the state’s workers the new minimum wage of N30,000 with arrears or risk industrial action beginning from Tuesday 4th of February, 2020.
The head of the labour group said the patience and longsuffering of workers under the employment of the state have been exhausted and they could no longer accept any further delay in the commencement of the payment of the agreed new minimum wage which has become a law across Nigeria since mid last year.
Rising from it’s meeting last Thursday in Minna, the leadership of the organized labour in the state said in a statement issued after the meeting that the state would be thrown into protracted industrial action if the state fails to pay the new minimum wage and all the accrued arrears of the consequential adjustments before Monday, 3rd February, 2020.
The statement conveyed the disappointment of all the state’s working class population and the leadership of the organized labour in the state over the inexplicable reason of the state to continue to delay or postpone the commencement of the payment of the new minimum wage to state workers.
It therefore warned the state government to set all machinery in motion to begin forthwith, to implement the payment of the agreed N30,000 minimum wage or face indefinite strike action from the 4th of next month.
The state government had earlier assured that it would pay the new minimum wage of N30,000 last December but workers in the state were dismayed when the new wage was not implemented.
The new minimum wage which has since been domesticated as a benchmark salary in all public sectors in the country has been a thorny issue in states yet to implement the new wage.
The state government is yet to react to the fresh warning issued by the organized labour in the state as at Friday afternoon.