Workers in Oyo State have held a rally to sensitise members of the public, government officials, legislators and other stakeholders on their demand for an upward review of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
The workers under the auspices of their labour centres, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), make their voices heard in areas of Ibadan like Agodi gate, Total Garden, Mokola, Parliament Road and State Secretariat.
Chairman of NLC, Waheed Olojede and his TUC counterpart, Olusola Ogundiran, stressed that it was imperative for the federal government to implement the payment of N30,000 minimum wage, agreed upon by the tripartite committee comprising the federal government, labour centres and Organised Private Sector.
Olojede revealed that the first request of the labour movement was N66,500, but N30,000 was agreed upon after considering the positions of the different stakeholders in the tripartite committee.
Pointing to the upward trend in the cost of living from 2007 when N18,000 was approved in 2010, Olojede stressed that its N30,000 minimum wage request was just fair enough considering prevailing economic circumstances.
He pointed out that the Oyo State government, in its own memorandum on the minimum wage, had expressed a desire to abide by whatever figure was agreed upon by the tripartite committee.
Corroborating, Ogundiran warned if federal government fail to approve of N30,000, the nation’s economy will be grounded from the 6th