Labour Threatens Action Against Non-Compliant Governors Regarding Minimum Wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have issued a strong warning to state governments, declaring their intent to disrupt the activities of any state that fails to adhere to the new minimum wage once it is approved by the federal government.

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In Abeokuta, Akeem Lasisi, the Chairman of the TUC Ogun State Council, made this declaration during an interaction with journalists. Lasisi stated that any state governor who fails to enforce the new minimum wage after federal approval can expect strong opposition from the unions.

The warning comes amidst a nationwide indefinite strike launched by the NLC and TUC over the federal government’s rejection of a proposed minimum wage increase to ₦60,000. The strike has resulted in full compliance in Ogun State, with courts, banks, government offices, public schools, and the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) all being closed.

Lasisi emphasized that the compliance with the minimum wage is non-negotiable and that any state failing to pay will face consequences, as it is a lawful obligation binding on all citizens. He underscored the importance of compliance for all, highlighting the national jurisdiction over labor issues.

Hameed Benco, the NLC State Chairman, reiterated that the strike will persist until the federal government meets the unions’ demands. He appealed to the government to address workers’ concerns and reconsider the recent electricity tariff hike.

The unions’ strong stance highlights the importance of fair wages and workers’ welfare in national development, as they continue to demand urgent action to ensure the well-being of the workforce.

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