Kwara State Governor meets striking labour unions
The Nation gathered that the parley is aimed at resolving the crisis between labour and the government over non-implementation of N30,000 minimum wage to all categories of workers.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Kwara State chapter, Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, said: “The governor has invited us to a meeting by 6pm today (yesterday) over the minimum wage crisis and we are going to attend the meeting.
“Our position has not changed, we won’t return to work until all categories of workers in the state, including local government workers, are paid the N30,000 minimum wage.”
Organised labour’s strike over non-implementation of N30,000 minimum wage by the state government entered day two yesterday.
The Nation learnt that the House of Assembly has intervened by holding a closed door meeting with labour representatives.
At the meeting, Speaker Yakubu Danladi-Salihu appealed to the labour to halt the strike.
He said the 9th Assembly prioritised the welfare of the workforce, especially as it related to the implementation of the minimum wage.
“This government has been sensitive to the plight of the workforce. We have respect and concern for the welfare of workers and we shall continue to uphold it,” Danladi-Salihu said.
He added: “Schools are just resuming after months of closure as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and it will not be fair locking the children out again on the account of this strike. I therefore urge you to stop the strike, while we explore dialogue to resolve the issues.”
Assuring the organised labour that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq meant well for Kwarans, the lawmaker cautioned organised labour not to allow the hijack of its action for political reasons.
Deputy Speaker Adetiba Olarewaju urged the labour leaders to embrace resolution of the minimum wage issue.
He said the doors of the legislature are open for suggestions, to resolve the matter.
The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Murtala Saheed, promised to convey the lawmakers’ message to members of the unions.
He thanked the legislators for their concern, noting that the Assembly’s prompt intervention and interest in arbitrating over minimum wage reflects the 9th Assembly’s friendly labour posture.