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New Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Protests In Lagos, Insists On N30,000

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The Organized Labour Congress (OLC) has mandated the Federal Government to pay the agreed 30, 000 naira minimum wage demands for workers’ or face an indefinite strike by the workers.

The protest held simultaneously across the country saw the leaders of the labour unions leading protest marches in Lagos.

Comrade Solomon Adelegan, insisted that the government must approve the N30,000 minimum wage and nothing less.

According to Adelegan, “The protest is about implementation, it has no link with the transmission. We are trying to see how the bill will be transmitted to the National Assembly.

“The protest is about how to get all parties committed to the issue of minimum wage, it is different from how we get this bill transmitted with timeline to the national assembly,” he said.

Also speaking Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, said the federal government is ready to pay the agreed minimum wage but the state governors are the one slowing the presentation of the bill to the national Assembly.

“We should vote out all governors that are not ready to pay the minimum wage”.

He stated that no going back , N30,000 minimum wage is the final workers needed to make sure life is meaningful because failure to get it ,”it is the final”.

The protest that lead the union to the governor’s office to present a letter to the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who was not around to receive the letter.

Comrade Adelegan who led the protesters to the Governor’s office was not happy the way they were welcome.

Receiving the letter on behalf of the Governor, the Special Adviser to the governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo, apologised on behalf of the Governor, saying that the letter will be delivered to him.

He said, “as we all known, Lagos state is not known to owe salaries, we pay salaries as early as 23rd of every month.”

 

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