MINIMUM WAGE: ENUGU GOVT GETS ULTIMATUM
Public servants in the state have stayed away from office since last week even after the expiration of three-day warning strike called by labour leaders. The workers alleged that their leaders had been compromised by government. Though the union leaders denied the allegation, but the confusion lingers.
Leaders of the Nigeria labour movement, who have been in Enugu since Sunday, addressed workers on the situation in the state and urged Governor Sullivan Chime to implement the national minimum wage across board within two weeks or face a total shut down of all government and socio-economic activities.
Adding a dramatic turn to the rally held at the Workers' Square near the state secretariat, the workers and the visiting national leaders chanted No to Chime Wage, insisting on the full minimum wage implementation.
Deputy National President of the NLC, Comrade Kiri Mohammed, who announced the measures in Enugu stated that at the end of the two-week ultimatum, all leaders of labour unions from across the 36 states will be deployed to Enugu in a mother-of-all rallies that will signal total strike in the state.
He said: 'From today, the national secretariat has taken over the struggle in Enugu State. No governor in this country will deny the workers this minimum wage and have rest.
'We will make this state ungovernable for your governor. Your governor is championing a situation whereby states in the South East will not implement the new wage fully.'