Following the announcement of several palliative packages for workers by the federal government to avert an impending strike action , the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress,TUC in Osun have urged the state government to implement the thirty five thousand naira minimum wage immediately.
The demand was made in a letter addressed to the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, and jointly signed by the acting state NLC Chairman, Modupe Oyedele, the Chairman Osun TUC, Bimbo Fasasi .
The labour leaders recalled that letters had been previously written to the governor on the demands for higher wage in June, 2023, revealing that a reminder was also sent in July, 2023.
“It is therefore in this spirit that we urge Your Excellency to graciously approve the agreed sum of Thirty-Five Thousand Naira (N35,000) only wage rewards to all categories of workers across board in the state service commencing from the month of September, 2023 as contained in the signed memorandum of understanding that averted the proposed strike.”
The leadership of the union expressed confidence that the Governor would speedily expedite action on the matter, adding that payment of these new wages would go a long way in ameliorating and cushioning the hardship workers are going through due to the subsidy removal on petrol.
“The government will definitely invite the labour leaders for negotiation on the issue,” he revealed.