Minimum wage showdown!Labour insists on full implementation
Organised labour is not taking lightly its threat to frustrate next month general elections if the N18,000 new minimum wage is not paid especially by state governors, as indication emerged that labour has directed its state officials to forward to it the names of governors willing to pay the new minimum wage by the end of this month.
This directive, Sunday Vanguard gathered, is in anticipation of the harmonisation of the the Minimum Wage Bill that both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed for eventual presidential assent.
According to sources, organised labour wants to move against governors considered as anti-new minimum wage as the governors are believed to be keeping money that would assist in the implementation of the new wage for electioneering.
“The leadership of congress is not taking chances. It has directed state officials to immediately commence discussion with their state governors on the implementation of the N18,000 minimum wage. We know that the governors can pay. Some of them want us to push them before they pay. We are ready to push them and we will push them to their limits.
Many of them have kept money that would have assisted them to implement the wage for electioneering. Well, that is their own cup of tea. We know that they have to pay if they want to hold the elections. All that concerns us is that they find money to pay. We will move against all those governors ,” one of the leaders of the NLC told Sunday Vanguard at the just concluded 10th national delegates conference of the NLC in Abuja.
Already the 16 members of the newly elected leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, have reiterated the threat to frustrate attempts at going ahead with the April general elections without the implementation of the new minimum wage.