The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned against delaying the full implementation of the N30, 000 new minimum wage by state governors.
Should the governors delay in paying, workers would be left with no choice than to embark an industrial action, according to the union.
Jerry Nnubia, the Anambra State Chairman of the NLC, gave this warning during the quadrennial delegate conference of the congress in the state, urging governors to reduce the cost of governance by cutting down some of their excesses to enable them to implement the new minimum wage.
The governors were further called upon to fully implement the N30,000 monthly minimum wage as it would ensure stability and not to do anything capable of causing unrest among Nigerian workers.
Nnubia said: “The minimum wage bill is a product of negotiation and with President Muhammadu Buhari signing it into law. We are looking out for a circular to be released and each state is bound to implement it. The state governments have no option but to implement it because they were part and parcel of all the negotiations.
“For us in Anambra State, we have the firm belief that our governor will implement it fully. He has promised us and I am sure we are not going to have challenges in that regard.
“We commend the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the New National Minimum Wage (2019) Amendment Bill and also President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to it on April 18, 2019.
“We, therefore, wish to use this platform to call on the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, to immediately release the implementation table to enable our hard-working and labour-friendly governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who has already firmly promised to be the first governor to pay the new minimum wage to the hard-working workers of Anambra State, to implement the new minimum wage.”