As workers down tools to protest failure to fully implement new minimum wage??

The governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari has threatened to sack any state worker who does not resume for work on Monday, following the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress’ directive that all workers should boycott work until further notice. 

??The workers in Zamfara, on Friday, commenced an indefinite strike to demand full implementation of the new national minimum wage by the State Government.

In a radio announcement by the NLC Chairman in the state, Abdullahi Modomawa, the union directed all its members to stay at home “because the State Government has failed us and we have not reached an agreement”.

The strike followed the failure of the State Government’s negotiators and officials of labour to agree on details of the minimum wage.

The negotiation was reportedly deadlocked as the government team insisted that even if the government would pay the minimum wage of N18,000, it would not pay other attached allowances, a proposition that the workers rejected.

Labour insisted that all allowances accruing to workers should be settled, including weighing allowances for media practitioners.

On Friday, most government ministries and departments as well as banks, were sealed off by members of the NLC, while many vehicles plying the streets of Gusau, the state capital, carried leaves to show solidarity with the workers.

The governor, while addressing the workers, denied refusing to implement the minimum wage.

“I will not beg the workers to return to work and I will not hesitate to stop the salary of any of them who fails to return to his duty post by Monday,” Yari said.

“If there is anyone on the State Government’s pay-roll collecting less than the N18,000, such worker should come forward and say so; no one can compel me to pay beyond that.”

The governor said that the introduction of the N18,000 minimum wage had shot the State Government’s monthly expenses on salaries to N1.33 billion from an initial N838 million monthly.

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