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N30, 000 Minimum Wage: NLC threatens showdown with Ayade

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Cross River State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has threatened a showdown with Governor Ben Ayade should the state government fail to expedite action for the implementation of N30,000 new minimum wage approved by federal government since April,2019.

But following the threat the governor has immediately constituted a committee to look at issues concerning the new minimum wage.

State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Ben Ukpepi gave this threat in Calabar during a courtesy visit to the office of the State Head of Service HOS, Mr. Chris Itah.

“It has become worrisome for workers in Cross River to be denied their rights to enjoy the new minimum wage that got approval by federal government since April last year”. The NLC boss said.

He warned that the union would down tools should Ayade delay in setting in motion, mechanisms to work on modalities for implementation of the minimum wage.

The NLC boss who was in the company of his other exco members said; “However, we were happy when we just heard that the state government had just given approval for a committee which awaits inauguration so that it would handle all issues regarding to minimum wage.

In a related issue, the Cross River State NLC boss called on Gov. Ben Ayade to also clear all backlog of arrears/ salaries of civil servants with promotion letters in their hands in the last four years.

Similarly, the NLC Chairman also urged the state governor to immediately reinstate some civil servants whose names removed from government payroll in September last year, “without justifiable reasons or due process”.

Ukpepi also urged the governor to employ more staff into the state civil service to boost the already existing hands which according to him, have already become too few.

In his response, the Head of Service HOS, Mr. Chris Itah said he would do everything within his reach to ensure that the service under his watch would not witness any form of industrial action.

He disclosed that there is already a committee headed by the state deputy Governor Prof. Ivara Esu to get all related matters to a hitch free negotiation.

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