…Warns govs to pay salaries to avoid trouble
By Victor Young
Organised Labour has told the Salary, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) that the arrival of the circular and implementation table of the N30,000 new national minimum wage ought not to surpass this week as workers have exhausted their patience waiting for the new salary package.
This came as Labour approached the 9th National Assembly and benevolent Nigerians to prevail on governors to pay workers their salaries and pension to retired people as and when due to avoid industrial unrest.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Thursday, April 18, consented to the Bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly on March 27, bringing to end the fight for a new national minimum wage that began in 2017 after Buhari introduced a tripartite committee group continuation of the Organized Labor’s agitation that the N18,000 minimum wage, with five years life expectancy, had passed since 2015.
Addressing Sunday Vanguard, President of one of the public sector unions, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, Comrade Benjamin Anthony, approached the NSIWC to do the needful and issue the important circular and table of usage to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of the Federal Government for quick action.
He said the commission should, within this week, issue the implementation circular with a complying table to the MDAs and to states, based on the approval, for immediate implementation, insisting that there was no need for any more delay as the law stipulates immediate effect.
“The states have right to receive same as sent or renegotiate the table of implementation from the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to suit their purpose particularly in the event that they need to pay more than the N30,000 benchmark. In any case, no state can pay less.