- SSANU says FG appears unwilling to come up with new minimum wage despite its promise
- The group describes the use of security agencies by the executive arm of government against the legislative as a threat to democracy
- Chris Ngige accuses the organised labour of attempting to stampede a committee on national minimum wage
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has raised concerns over what it described as the federal government’s lackadaisical attitude over new the implementation of a new minimum wage.
The labour union also warned the government not to push workers to the wall over the delay in implementing the new minimum wage, noting that the consequences will be grievous, Daily Trust reports.
SSANU president, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke, gave the warning when speaking at its 34th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, at Delta State University, Abraka.
He said the federal government appeared unwilling to come up with new minimum wage despite its promise.
“We warn the Federal Government not to push labour to the wall. When it comes to the welfare of workers, they start being economical, but when it comes to election, they easily dish out money to buy votes." said Ugwoke.
SSANU described the use of security agencies by the executive arm of government against the legislative as a threat to democracy.
The group called on the executive arm of government to respect the rule of law and abide by court judgements, adding that the rule of law is the bedrock of democracy which should be respected.
Meanwhile, Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, on Thursday, September 13, described the organised labour’s 14-day ultimatum as ‘a subtle blackmail’ to stampede the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage.
Ngige stated this at a news conference in Abuja, noting that the ultimatum was uncalled for. The organised labour had accused the federal government of stalling the negotiation by failing to mention a figure as a new minimum wage for the Nigerian workers.
It also issued the federal government 14 days, insisting that the tripartite committee on the new national minimum wage concluded its work within the stipulated time frame.
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