Baring any last minute change of plans, workers in Ekiti State may embark on industrial action over the government refusal to commence the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.
Labour Unions in the State have already called on its members to be prepared for a strike any moment from now.
The Labour force in a statement in Ado Ekiti, expressed concern over the failure of governor Kayode Fayemi to sign the consequential salary adjustment into law since December 2019.
According to the statement,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.
“This information is very expedient to prepare workers for the action ahead due to this endless negotiation.
“If after the FAAC meeting Ekiti State Government is still placid, workers will not guarantee industrial peace which the leadership of organized labour in the State has utmost sacrificed everything to maintain.
“The Emergency Joint State Executive Council meeting of NLC/TUC/JNC will hold this week to review and take appropriate decision.Workers should be at alert as bulletin two comes out.”
When contacted, the Ekiti state commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua appealed to workers to be patient.
”We would appeal to labour to exercise patience. As rightly mentioned by Mr. Governor, with the recent global COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting economic activities the world over, Nigeria inclusive, the Nigerian economy has to be monitored closely, before making such a weighty commitment.
“We are not backtracking on the negotiations, we are only asking all parties to be cautious as we proceed.
“The economic situation of the country should not be the concern of the Governor, and Ekiti State Government alone, but also that of labour. We are all in this together.”