MINIMUM WAGE: BENUE NLC DESCRIBES SALARY CHART AS THE BEST IN THE NATION

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
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MINIMUM WAGE: BENUE NLC DESCRIBES SALARY CHART AS THE BEST IN THE NATION
• As state government accuseACN of instigating trouble
The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has insisted that the bargain it went into with the state government is the best bargain for Benue workers. Comparing the negotiated salary chart of the state with other states, the chairman comrade simon Anchaver , said Benue state had one of the best salary charts in the federation.
Speaking exclusively with ati terkula , the labour leader who was in company of the union’s vice chairman Comr. Jumpa and the state’s Joint Council on Negotiation, Chairman, Comr. Terkaa Gusah, said, before the leadership arrived at the chart in question many other states had signed similar agreements and thus they only improved on those already signed.
“…before the leadership arrived at the chart in question, the following states had already signed similar agreements and arrived at a chart namely, Lagos, Borno, Adamawa, Cross River, Ogun, Nassarawa, Edo, Bauchi and Ekiti… Benue state is among the best with what is on the chart, the state government is still going to pay annual leave grant. He noted.
Explaining why the state union had settled for November 30, 2011 as date for effect of payment, the labour leader said the state needed a supplementary budget to which will amount to 3.1 billion Naira offset the new wage increase and since the state assembly was on recess, they had to wait on it to reconvene and pass it into law.
He assured Benue workers that the agreement was a workable one and enjoined workers in the state to be patient and wait till November when the state is billed to commence payment.
On his part, the Union vice chairman, Comr. Jumpa, blamed the national executive council for the misunderstanding and difficulties faced by the state chapters nationwide. He said the national exco did not conclude and pass into the law the minimum wage and thus has made it difficult for the state chapters to enforce it.
“blame should be shifted to the federal government and National secretariat of the union because the agreement they reached was not passed into law, if they had enforced the law we would not have been complaining”. He said.
Disparaging the issue of the 29th September protest, he said the union was not responsible for the violent protest in parts of the states as the union is an orderly one and conducted herself in the same manner.
In a related development, the secretary to the state government, Dr. David Salifu, has condemned what he terms attempts by unscrupulous labour leaders to create disaffection and crisis situation in labour circles. According to him, such labour leaders were spreading false rumors and with the aim of perpetrating mischief.
In a press release, Dr. Salifu blamed the opposition for the unrest caused within the union and called on them to desist from such acts.
“Government hereby warns the opposition ACN to desist from its desperate attempt to incite the workers against the state government on the N18,000 minimum wage issue since there is no fertile ground for such mischief”. The statement read.
He further assured the state workers that the state government had no plans to victimize any member on account of the strike action earlier embarked on by the union. He also noted that the negotiation was properly and respectfully conducted and there was no compromise on any side as earlier speculated.
“in ordinary terms, government did not bribe any labour leader in the process of the negotiations and there was no need to do so as the negotiations held in formal places with over 50 labour leaders present in each of the meetings.” He noted.

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  1. Rt.Hon. Peter Ogwuche hon. Peter is a nigerian politician. He was a two times councillor representing Idekpa ward of Ohimini Local Government Area. He was also a supervisory councillor for work, land and house survey. He is also the chairman, IPC (Idoma people’s congress). He was the special assistant to the immediate past gov. Of Benue state on community Relation. He is happily married.

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