By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
The Kwara State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congres, NLC, is pleading with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to withdraw a government case instituted against it at the National Industrial Court, sitting in Akure, Ondo State.
The state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Aliyu Issa Ore, made this appeal in a statement signed by him and made available to the journalists in Ilorin, the state capital on Thursday.
The statement read in parts, “We call on His Excellency, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to direct the Attorney General of the state to withdraw the court case instituted against the labour movement at the National Industrial Court, NIC, Akure, Ondo State.”
The NLC said that the position formed part of the gentleman agreements reached with government before the suspension of the last industrial strike action in the state, “in the interest of all of us.”
The unions however expressed displeasure over the delay in the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage by the government.
The organized labour had said this was “despite all efforts made to make His Excellency, see reason for the immediate implementation of the constitutionally approved minimum wage for the workers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is saddening that government has not commenced payment of the N30,000 new minimum wage to its workers, considering the present economic situation which has brought untold hardship to the workers.
“We are seriously appealing to His Excellency, to as a matter of utmost urgency to give his executive consent for the implementation of the new wage. The year has already gone”
“We urge the governor to put smiles back to the faces of the wealth creators of the state, who are the workers, by hastening actions on the immediate implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage in full as well as other demands by the workers.”.
However, Issa Ore said leadership of the organized unions commended and appreciated “the state workers for their doggedness, endurance, and cooperation all along.”