Ibrahim Oyewale in Lokoja
Kogi Organised Labour has suspended its planned strike over non-implementation of N 30,000 minimum wage scheduled to take off from Midnight of Sunday 21st March 2021.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed yesterday by the Secretaries , Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Comrade Owoeye Anthony, Trade Union Congress, (TUC), Comrade Kolawole James and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, (JPSNC), Comrade I. Abubakar said to avert the looming strike, the State Government ordered members of the 17-man committee to resume work immediately with a mandate to submit its report in a very short time.
According to the statement, “Over the months, the Leadership of Organised Labour had patiently waited for this Government to conclude with Labour leaders the negotiation on the New Minimum Wage currently signed into law by President Muhammed Buhari in April 2019. The committee was inaugurated February 2020.
“It is on record that Organised Labour in the state wrote severally to the State Government on the critical need for the committee to conclude this all-important assignment but none of our letters was responded to until a notice of a 21-day ultimatum was issued on 2™ March 2021.
“Consequently, the Leadership of Labour therefore has decided to put on hold the proposed strike scheduled to begin on mid-night of Sunday 23rd March 2021 pending when the committee would submit its report”.
While appreciating workers for maintaining a very cordial industrial relations atmosphere prevailing in the State, the organised labour in the state therefore appealed to workers to go about their normal and legitimate business while praying that God should touch the hearts of the government to do the needful.
It could be recalled that the organised labour on March 10th issued an ultimatum to the state government to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage or ready to face strike from workers in the state.