Minimum Wage Implementation

In News 2020-01-09 15:03:18
Minimum Wage Implementation
Minimum Wage Implementation

By Jude Chukwuemeka

 

“State governors have usually foot-dragged when it comes to the minimum wage because they see it as an addition to their wage bill. But by the end of the day, they will still pay. We expect that just as the federal government paid in arrears, the states will follow.”

 

The Morning Crossfire is centered around the evaluation of the current state of the minimum wage implementation with the studio guest as Comrade Chika Onoegbu, the National Deputy of the Trade Union Congress.

 

 

 

According to reports, nine days ago the deadline given by the National Labor Union to the Federal Government over the minimum wage implementation elapsed and not fewer than 25 states of the federation reportedly have failed to meet the December 31, 2019 deadline to conclude all negotiations arising from the 30, 000 minimum wage.

 

Only six states that is Lagos, Kaduna, Kebbi, Jigawa, Kano and Adamawa have commenced payment since December 2019, Labour as of December 12 noted that Jigawa has concluded negotiations but is yet to make its first payment to workers. Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Bauchi and Katsina have agreed to commence implementation this in January.

 

Among the 25 states where implementation has failed - 21 namely; Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Plateau, Zamfara, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Bornu, Sokoto and Gombe are reportedly at different stages of negotiation. These states don’t even have negotiation committees.

 

The National Labour Congress (NLC) had warned government that the deadline is December 31. The Union claimed that disregard for this directive will lead to disorder in those states.

 

The question is will Nigeria face unrest in 2020 due to failure to pay the minimum wage?

 

Comrade Chika Onoegbu, who sits with Sheriff on the show says the minimum wage is now law in Nigeria.

 

“At the federal level, arrears of the minimum wage has been paid to workers but at the state level this sets the pace for what the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Labour Congress should be doing.”

 

Onoegbu says plans and discussions are still on-going and it has not been decided yet what actions will be taken by stakeholders. This minimum wage law also applies to the private sector and any organization that has up to 50 workers should pay it.

 

“State governors have usually foot-dragged when it comes to the minimum wage because they see it as an addition to their wage bill. But by the end of the day, they will still pay. We expect that just as the federal government paid in arrears, the states will follow.”

 

What about the NYSC members, are they not supposed to be paid the new minimum wage? Click the video above and listen to Comrade Onoegbu.