By News desk
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has urged the Federal Government to quickly conclude discussion on the new minimum wage and commence implementation across board immediately.
The TUC Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Gbenga Ekundayo, made the plea in an during an interview in Lagos on Friday.
Ekundayo said that the union had condemned the segmental implementation of the minimum wage for grade levels one to six.
“The government implemented for grade levels one to six, leaving grades level seven upwards out, and we are still discussing around the consequential adjustment and relativity impact.It needs to be quickly dealt with, concluded; what needs to be done is to go to the negotiation table, discuss these issues and let us have implementation for all the workers,”Ekundayo said.
Speaking on the same issue, the union Secretary, Abiodun Aladetan, expressed displeasure over the delay of the implementation of the minimum wage.
Aladetan said that it was the duty of government to address the issues in the interest of the workers.
“It is unfortunate where we are on the minimum wage; recently, the Minister of Labour acknowledged that the government had commenced payment for those on grade levels one to six.This could create division within the labour circle and as a labour movement, we condemn it; it will not deter us, but have a ripple effect on the system,”Aladetan said.
“We call on government, as a matter of urgency, to discuss with labour; come to terms with these realities by accepting the demands of the labour movement,” he said.