‘Governors frustrating minimum wage’

The Nigeria Civil Service Union, the nation’s oldest industrial union, has accused governors of frustrating the actualisation of new national minimum wage for workers. They said the states helmsmen should be denied re-election next year.

Former President of the Union and Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Kiri Mohammed, who made the allegation when he reported back to office as National President of the Union, lamented that workers in the various states have had to suffer untold hardship despite huge resources available to them because of their extravagant spending.

Mohammed told an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the union, that he was reporting back to the union as National President in response to an order of the National Industrial Court, which asked the union to maintain its 2017 position pending the determination of the suit before it.

He said the governors were the major problem in negotiating for the new national minimum wage as a result of their unwillingness to pay  workers’ salaries.

He said workers and Nigerians should prepare to vote out all governors, who are not paying salaries as the nation marches towards another general election. He described such governors as enemies of workers who should not be allowed to continue in office.

The union has put in place a seven- man caretaker committee to run the affairs of the Union pending the determination of a suit brought against the leadership by an aggrieved member.

The National Industrial Court, on November 1, ordered that the union maintained the status quo, returning the old leadership, led by Comrade Kiri Mohammed, whose tenure expired in 2017, back to office.

However, Comrade Mohammed said having retired from service, he was stepping down from the position of National President, but had to resume as National President in obedience to the order of the court.

While thanking members of the Union for the confidence reposed in him and his executive members, Comrade Mohammed, who is also the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said the task ahead of the union was to work together in their collective interest.

The caretaker committee is headed by Comrade Lawrence Amaechi, who was elected national President at the delegates conference of the union to replace Comrade Kiri Mohammed.

Amaechi is to lead the union till the suit in Court is disposed off, with a mandate to challenge the ruling of the National Industrial Court at the Court of Appeal.

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