The organised labour in Niger State has given the Niger State Government a 21- day ultimatum to begin payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000.
This was agreed after an emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held on Friday.
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In a letter jointly signed by the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Yakubu Garba and the state Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Yunusa Tanimu, the organised labour said the government had left them with no option but to issue the ultimatum.
The letter titled “Notice of 21 Days Ultimatum for Indefinite Strike Action” called on the government to implement the N30,000 new Minimum wage, the consequential adjustments and also pay the accrued arrears before Monday, 4th February 2020, failing which it will be left with no other option but to commence an indefinite strike action by midnight of Tuesday, 4th February 2020.
The Niger State Government had said in December 2019 that its 2020 budget was based on the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage.
The government had also on many occasions stated that the state would not have any difficulty in paying the N30,000 minimum wage because the workers were already receiving N22,500.
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“What we need now is N7,500. We have taken care of that in the budget,” the Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, said in December.