By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
As workers in Ondo state still await the implementation of the #30,000 minimum wage, the Organised labour in the state has vowed that it will not sign any new wage agreement that will lead to the retrenchment of its members.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Sunday Adeleye-Oluwole stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Akure.
Adeleye-Oluwole who advised Joint Negotiating Council not to sign what can lead to retrenchment of workers in the state saying that workers would soon have course to smile as new minimum wage is concerned.
He said negotiations over the new minimum wage which was hitherto suspended, had resumed and it was now eighty five percent concluded.
According to him, the delay in minimum wage approval and implementation in Ondo State was caused by the insistence of the organized labour led by JNC, NLC and TUC to get better package for the workers and pensioners in the state.
The NLC Chairman, noted that the new salary tables on minimum wage presented by the state government were being critically studied to ensure that agreed new salaries does not lead to irregular payment, mass retrenchment and sustainable.
Comrade Adeleye-Oluwole assured that the new minimum wage would capture special allowances for the media, judiciary, parliamentary and health workers.
He therefore appealed to the state workforce to still exercise patience as the negotiation was now at final stage.
“My advised for Ondo workers is to exercise believe and keep their faith with organized labour as led by JNC that will not in anyway compromise their welfare,” he said.
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