Strike looms in Ekiti over non implementation of new minimum wage
Members of the organised Labour in Ekiti state are warming up for an industrial action due to the failure of government to commence the implementation of the new minimum wage.
To this end, the labour force has called on its members to be prepared for a strike any moment from now
In a statement in Ado Ekiti, thr labour movement expressed concern over the failure of governor Kayode Fayemi to sign the consequential salary adjustment into law since December 2019.
The statement noted that workers have been disenchanted and enslaved over the endless negotiation whereas there are other labour issues not yet attended to.
“The Negotiation for Minimum Wage and Consequential Salary Adjustment started on 23rd December 2019.Marathon and intense meetings were held at various times both at sub-technical committee level and enlarged negotiation committee level.
“On February 18th 2020 Mr. Governor intervened in the Negotiation process hoping that the agreement will be signed on or before the end of February 2020 so that March 2020 salary will be paid with the New Minimum Wage Agreement.
“Thereafter, other meetings were held again in the office of the Head of Service where all sectors in the Public Service were to be carried along especially the Health Sector.
“After waiting for one week, the last straw (meeting) that broke the camel’s back was held on Monday 16th March 2020 where Mr. Governor intervened with the hope that the agreement will be signed but alas fellow Ekiti Worker’s!!! The story is still same as Mr. Governor was demanding for two months i.e. April – May 2020 to monitor the Nigeria economy, this was strongly rejected by labour.
“Our Fellow Workers, arising from the above narration, the resolution at the Monday 16th March 2020 meeting is to wait to know the fate of Ekiti State in the Federal Allocation status of which the FAAC meeting will hold this week between March 16th – March 20th 2020″.