Joe Ajaero, the President of United Labour Congress (ULC) says the minimum wage negotiation by NLC and TUC Leadership with the Federal Government is deceit and the ULC cannot be part of such deceit.
He made this known at the Channels Television Sunrise Daily on Thursday. He termed the negotiations “death on arrival.” Joe Ajaero noted that the negotiation for adjustment with the intended strike will not yield anything because the key sector of the economy which made up the ULC that would have made the strike a success was not carried along. He said the ULC was excluded in the decision making for adjustment of the minimum wage.
CRUX OF MEETINGS AND NEGOTIATION
Further, he said NLC and TUC are already besieged with confusion which was why their Delta State Chapter started the strike on Wednesday while others did not join. Ajaero noted that such is ridiculous. ” You don’t drop the engine of a vehicle when you want to embark on a journey. The vehicle will not move when you don’t want to go with the engine.
“Ours is solidarity action because there are unions that will cry for one year and the government will not listen to them. But there are those that will cry for a day and the government will listen. So without our solidarity, their successive meetings will not yield result in favour of labour.”
Ajero is of the opinion that all state government can pay N30,000 minimum wage for all levels if excessive leakages in government should be blocked. Further, he says the state chapter of NLC and TUC lack credibility to negotiate with the government because most of them are state-paid workers and their election into the unions’ leadership are sponsored by the governors. They could be sacked if they disagree with their employer. The political will of the governors and labour leaders can make minimum wage possible. He advised that governors should stop excessive lifestyle, duplication of SAs and creating unnecessary ministries.
“For you to get a minimum wage, it has to be a biting action.” He told sunrise daily that 70% of the N18,000 minimum wage has been what Governor Okorocha paid in Imo state till he left.
The ULC President finally noted that payment of Minimum wage is not the priority of the Nigeria government.
The meeting between FG and Labour leaders has entered Day 3. Meeting to continue by 7 pm on Thursday. Nigerian are beginning to criticize the Ayuba Waba leadership of the NLC. Since occupying the position, he has not recorded a milestone.