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Labour Demands Payment Of N56,000 Minimum Wage In Delta

Posted: May 2, 2016 at 5:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Felix Igbekoyi and

Awele Ogbogu, Asaba


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta State has charged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to be the first governor to implement a new minimum wag of N56, 000 which the organizsed labour is asking for.

Governor Okowa was present during the 2016 Workers Day celebration at the Cenotaph in Asaba on Sunday.

The NLC also read a riot act to government to address pressing issues in some of its affiliate unions or risk the disruption of the industrial peace currently enjoyed in the state, warning that labour would take action if two dismissed lecturers of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, were not recalled within 21 days.

On killings by herdsmen which had been witnessed in some parts of the state, it demanded concrete action by the state government to checkmate the activities of the herdsmen as labour cannot thrive in an atmosphere of insecurity and unfriendly environment.

It also frowned at the non appointment of a substantive general manager for the Delta Line Transport Service, non-payment of local government workers and delays of salaries of primary school teachers by the councils.

On the plight of pensioners, it demanded regular payment of retirees monthly pensions, implementation of the 33 per cent pension increase approved since 2010 and payment of harmonization expected to correct underpayment of terminal benefits of retirees under the contributory pension scheme.

It also called for regular remittance of five percent of employees monthly wage bill to the Central Bank of Nigeria as recommended by the National Pension Commission and payment of arrears of salaries and allowances owed Warri Wolves players, among other demands.

In his response, Governor Okowa said it had been agreed for local government areas to pay teachers salaries first before paying selves, among other measures aimed at resolving the challenges facing workers in the state and asked them to reciprocate by avoiding problems such as introduction of names into the pay roll.

The celebration was jointly organized by the NLC and the TUC under the theme “Working Class and the Quest for Socio-Economic Revival.”