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*Nigeria: Anambra Labour & Minimum Wage – The True Story
By Concerned Anambra Stakeholders
The raging issue today in Nigeria is the implementation of the minimum wage and Anambra State is not different. Workers have every right to agitate for better welfare. They also have every right to embark on strike. But what matters is the way such agitation is carried on.
Since the wage palaver in Anambra State, the public has been fed a lot of half truths by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which sometimes have bordered on downright lies against the state government.
It is in the light of this that it has become necessary to put things in their right perspective and to let the public know the true situation.
WHAT DOES THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW SAY?
Simply put, it demands that no worker should earn less than N18, 000. It is not a wage increase as many people seem to interpret it. It does not also mean across the board increment.
WHAT HAS THE ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT DONE?
The Anambra State government has fulfilled the requirements of the Minimum Wage Law by ensuring that no worker in the state now earns less than N18, 000 monthly. On top of this, government has also added money to all categories of workers, with the least being N10,000. ( Continues below….. )
Photo Above: Minimum Wage Table ( )
Out of 36 States, 6 States receive an average of N20 billion monthly; another 8 States receive an average of N6 billion monthly; while the rest, including Anambra State, receive an average of N3 billion monthly.
It is clear that the leadership of labour is being manipulated by opposition politicians who want to create anarchy in the state, by deceiving their innocent followers.
Labour should not be allowed to recklessly hold the State to ransom, this is why we call on government to fully implement the "no work no pay" law as well as other measures the Governor said she would implement. We call on workers in their own interest to return to their duty posts. We also call on Anambrarians of goodwill, including the clergy to add their own voices in calling them to order.
Workers must be condemned by all for asking the people of Anambra State to stop paying taxes and for writing letters to all the donor and international agencies working in the State to stop supporting Anambra State. As we write, it is painful to discover that they have been going to all the sites where Government is working, stopping contractors from doing their work. This is strange as it is wicked.
We wish to commend the patriotic disposition of judicial staff workers who have continued to work and we urge other workers to emulate their patriotic example. We equally thanks all those who have contributed so far in moving the state forward in these trying times. Anambra adibago mma, nye aka ka odi mma.
Photo Above: Enlarged Minimum Wage Table
Concerned Anambra Stakeholders wrote from Anambra.
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