The Nigerian Labour Congress, Kwara State chapter has said contrary to the believe that the union have been hoodwinked by the government over the non payment of the new minimum that the NLC has been incapacitated as a result of the case in Court.
Speaking on this backdrop, the state NLC chairman, Aliyu Issa Ore stated this over the weeked in Ilorin while answering questions from our reporter through telephone call.
According to the labour leader, ‘it is erroneous for people to assume that the leadership of the union have been bought by the government over the issue of the minimum wage.’
“The truth of the matter is that Kwara State government had dragged NLC before the Court of law hence our activities is bared until the outcome of the case.
“If we were been bought as it was circulated, we would have signed the table being presented to us. But for us to have refused, it shows we are firmly on our stand,” Ore said.
He added that though the union have not agree with government on level 7 above, but in a couple of days will be going into agreement with the Kwara State government over the commence of payment to workers on level 1-6.
“We are about to sign level 1-6 which they have been paying that we had refused on the basis that there was not formal agreement on it. The payment has some adjustment and in few days we will sign that.
“We are yet to agree on level 7 above. The present payment we have been adjusted to suite the purpose of workers. We are in constant meetings with the government on the issue.
“They took us to industrial Court over this minimum wage. Whether we sign, government have been paying those at level 1-6 and workers have not refused it, though there was not agreement to that effect, the NLC boss said.
Reacting to whether there is uniformity in the already payment of minimum wage to the lower cadres, Ore said there is no any state that follows the percentage.
“States were asked to negotiate based on their IGR alongside other variables. I don’t think there is any state that follows the percentage. We cannot go on strike until we are out of the Court, he stressed.