The organised labour in Kwara State on Tuesday said they cannot guarantee industrial unrest if its demand to the state government to constitute a negotiation committee and implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage was not met before December 31, 2019 deadline.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) handed down the warning during a Press Conference held at Labour House, Ilorin.
Briefing newsmen, the State Chairman of NLC, Alhaji Aliu Issa Ore said that the State Executive Council of NLC has resolved that if the government of Kwara State fail to implement the new minimum wage on or before December 31, 2019 the leaders could not guarantee industrial harmony in the state.
Alhaji Ore who was represented at the briefing by the NLC First Vice Chairman, Comrade Muritala Saheed Olayinka said that the SEC of the NLC deliberated extensively on the efforts of labour leaders in the state to ensure that government constitute a negotiation team for implementation of N30,000 new minimum wage that proved abortive.
The labour unions had alleged that the state government deliberately refused to set up a negotiation committee that would determine the consequential adjustments of the newly signed wage law.
They said the state government had deliberately ignored their letters and various calls for the constitution of the negotiation committee.
According to Alhaji Ore, “SEC noted that some states have concluded the negotiation process and have commenced payment, while some states are presently on the negotiation table and about to complete the process for implementation.
“it is sad that Kwara State is among the few states that have refused to do anything till now despite the directive that all negotiation must be concluded on or before December 31, 2019”, he added.
The Union leaders said that the failure of the government to accede to the workers’ demands of full implementation of N30,000 minimum wage would lead to industrial crisis in the state.
Meanwhile, a statement credited to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq spoke person, Rafiu Ajakaye revealed that the governor has directed immediate constitution of a government panel to meet with the Labour unions in the state to discuss the national minimum wage.
“The Head of Service has been directed to work out the modalities of the workings of the panel,” Ajakaye said in a terse statement early Tuesday