Whether a state is owing workers’ salaries or not, Labour wants new minimum wage implemented immediately

Following President Buhari signing the New Minimum Wage Bill of N30,000 into law last week Thursday, organised Labour has said that state governments must be prepared to implement the new wage immediately.

The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, revealed this on Saturday in an interview with Punch correspondents in Abuja.

Asked if state governments that owed workers’ salaries would be allowed to clear the backlog of salaries before commencing payment of the new minimum wage, Kaigama said the inability of the state governments to pay salaries was because of mismanagement of resources at their disposal.

The minimum wage is effective from the day that President Muhammadu Buhari signed it into law. The law must be respected whether you are in the public or private sector. That a state governor owes salaries is not an excuse not to pay the new minimum wage. They have not paid salaries to their workers because they cannot manage the resources in their possession well.” Kaigama said.

It’s great to see Labour showing this firm position on the implementation of the new minimum wage. And like Kaigama said, states who still owe their workers salaries is as a result of mismanagement and, to put it bluntly, corruption. Even though the new N30,000 wage is pittance given the ever-widening class disparity, we would be watching to see how swift states in the country implement it.

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