26th August, 2011
The Delta State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that it will not negotiate with the state government below the approved N18,000 minimum wage for its workers.
The Chairman of the union, Mr. Mike Akusu, told newsmen in Asaba on Thursday that an emergency executive meeting of the union and affiliate bodies had taken a stand on that amount.
Akusu said that the benchmark of negotiation with the government was N18,900, but added that if the state government would be magnanimous enough to increase it, the decision would be welcomed.
He said that the labour force was the engine of government administration, as without the workers administration, rulership and leadership would be grounded.
The NLC boss said that in spite of workers contribution to the economy and development of both the states and the country at large, they were the most poorly remunerated.
He explained that the meeting was conveyed, as the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union had directed its state chapters to ensure that all negotiation and agreement were concluded by the end of August.
Akusu, however, said that the negotiation of the N18,900 minimum would be in the interest of the public and private sector workers.