The implementation of the new minimum wage, however, did not take off immediately as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had to stage protests before some states complied.
Sadly, in spite of the protests, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has lamented that 10 states are yet to implement the minimum wage two years after it was okayed by the federal government.
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Kano state, Ekiti reduce workers’ salary
Comrade Okon said Kano state has not commenced any negotiation, noting that the northwestern state has even reduced workers’ salary.
He said it was illegal for any government to reduce or contemplate not paying salary that had been passed into law.
The union leader said labour had exhausted the mechanisms in industrial relations and collective bargaining and would clamp down on recalcitrant states.
Okon also condemned the alleged unilateral step taken by the Ekiti state government to slash workers’ salary without consultation with organised labour.