23rd August, 2011
The National leadership of the NLC has given the Enugu State Government a two-week ultimatum to implement the new minimum wage.
The NLC Deputy President, Mr. Kiri Mohammed, gave the ultimatum on Monday in Enugu while addressing a workers rally.
Mohammed said labour had vowed to make any state which denied its workers the minimum wage ungovernable.
“Lagos, Ogun and other states had concluded negotiations to pay their workers, why not Enugu State Government.â€
The labour leader said that it was unfortunate that Enugu State governor had been championing the fight among other governors of the five South Eastern states not to pay the new minimum wage.
He said that this informed the reason â€œwhy we have decided to begin the fight from Enugu State.â€
According to him, Enugu is the first state where the national leadership of NLC has intervened directly in the fight for minimum wage.
He said: â€œWe have come to help you and help ourselves. We have taken over the struggle from you and there is no going back.
â€œWhat happened in the state in 1999 will repeat itself in two weeks time but this time around we will carry casket with a photograph.
â€œGovernors all over Nigeria have formed a click and agreed they would not pay minimum wage but labour will fight till the end.
â€œWith implementation of minimum wage, a director in Katsina will be earning N350,000 while a director in Enugu will be earning N90,000.
It is quite unfair.â€
He urged the workers to go back to work and assured them that in two weeks time, if the state government did not reach any negotiation with them, they will besiege the state for a total strike.