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Anambra workers threaten strike over new minimum wage

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Anambra workers threaten strike over new minimum wage

Anambra State workers on Monday threatened industrial action against the state government over new minimum wage.

The workers expressed disappointment that after the state governor, Willie Obiano, promised to pay the new wage in January, it was not reflected in the salary as agreed.

The Nigeria Labour Congress Anambra state chapter at a press conference in Awka on Monday gave the governor a 14- day ultimatum to address the issue of the approved minimum wage or face industrial action.

The decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the labour leaders in the state led by the NLC Chairman, Jerry Nnubia.

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Others at the meeting included the Chairman Joint Negotiating Council, Benson Jibike, Ifeanyi Okechukwu, TUC Chairman, Alex Ebi, Acting Sec /Sec ASCSN and Segun Netufo, Secretary NULGE.

The Communique issued at the end of the meeting frowned at the decision by the government of Anambra state not to pay the new wage.

The communique read in part” the organized Labour is dissatisfied over the non-implementation of the agreement reached between organized labour and the state government on 24th January 2020 on the new minimum wage ”

“The organized Labour frowned at non issuance of circular on the agreed salary chart of the new minimum wage by the office of the Head of Service of Anambra state prior to the payment of the New minimum wage in January 2020 as agreed between government and organized Labour “

“Consequent upon this, the organized Labour hereby gives the Anambra State government 14 days Ultimatum with effect from Tuesday the 4th of February 2020 to implement the agreement on the new minimum wage reached with the organized labour “

“If at the end of this Ultimatum, government fails to properly implement the new minimum wage as agreed between the government and labour, the organized Labour in Anambra State may no longer guarantee the industrial peace presently existing in the state ” .

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