This was clearly illustrated today at the 110th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, when NLC President Ayuba Wabba called on the Federal Government to compel state governors who have yet to comply with the request.
Wabba went on to say that “the minimum wage is a law and a convention that the Nigerian government has accepted,” adding that “since 2019, the minimum wage has been enacted,” albeit some states have yet to begin the implementation process.
He emphasised that the federal government has the authority to compel states to follow the federal minimum wage.
While stating that the four aforementioned states “violated the law and also the convention” in violation of the ILO’s constitutional standards, he maintained that Nigeria as a country “must disclose progress thus far made on the crucial treaty, as a consequence of the Committee of Experts.”
It will be noted that the NLC in Taraba embarked on a series of industrial strikes with the goal of forcing the state administration to implement the national minimum wage, but they were unsuccessful.
The NLC chairman in Taraba State, Peter Jediel, and the state TUC chairman, Sule Albasu, who made the statement on behalf of employees, claimed Governor Darius Ishaku’s callous attitude toward the long-overdue national minimum wage has left workers with no choice but to go on an indefinite strike.
“We’re coordinating all state government servants to make sure they’re all on board with the strike.”
“We’ve been on strike since 12 a.m. on Sunday, and we’re keeping an eye on the workers to make sure they’re following our orders to the letter.”
“The strike will continue indefinitely until our demand for the N30,000 minimum salary is met.”
“Because the governor has been unresponsive to our demand for the introduction of a national minimum wage of 30,000 dollars, we have proclaimed that we would not work until the minimum wage is paid.”