Leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday issued a December 31, 2019, ultimatum to the 36 state governments to conclude all negotiations and commencement of payment of the new national minimum wage.
According to reports, Ayuba Wabba, the President of NLC, issued the ultimatum at the end of a one-day meeting of all interest groups on the Implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The meeting was held to give participants the opportunity to review the consequential adjustments in salaries based on the approved N30,000 national minimum wage.
Present at the meeting were the leadership of the NLC, all the state chairmen of the NLC and their counterparts in the Joint Negotiating Council (Trade Union Congress side) from the states, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Heads of Service of States and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Looking at the prodress made from the last idustrial actions, shows that five states have actually commenced the implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000 based on the consequential adjustment in salaries approved by the federal government. The states are Kaduna, Kebbi, Lagos, Adamawa and Jigawa.
Although Jigawa state has concluded negotiations with the workers on their minimum wage, the NLC said it is yet to make its first payment to workers.
However, 13 states have constituted negotiating committees to engage Labour on the consequential adjustment in salaries following the new national minimum wage.
These states are Borno, Abia, Kano, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Niger, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Katsina and Zamfara states.
The NLC said states that have not put in place a negotiating committee with Labour on the issue are 19.
The states include Bauchi, Yobe, Rivers, Benue, Gombe, Kwara, Imo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Anambra, Taraba, Cross River, Ogun, Enugu, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi and Delta states.
The NLC warned of dire consequences, including not guaranteeing industrial harmony in such states that fail to meet the December 31 deadline to resolve the issue.
The Union commended the federal government and the states that have already commenced the implementation and payment.