Enugu Workers Wear Black Attires to Protest Non-Payment Of Minimum Wage

Workers in Enugu State Government parastatal institutions wore all black for Workers’ Day on Sunday.

The workers marched with signs reading “Black May Day for Parastatals in Enugu, Nonpayment of New Minimum Salary, Long Denials of Retirement Benefits” in protest of not being paid the N30,000 minimum wage, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).
In February 2020, the state government began implementing the higher wage.

However, only personnel in core ministries are paid; employees in other government organizations and agencies, as well as local government employees and public school instructors, are not.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Enugu State Council has urged the government to speed up implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

Mr Virginus Nwobodo, the Chairman, expressed regret that the government had not heeded all pleas to extend the higher pay to workers in other industries.

Nwobodo urged the state to take swift action in this regard.
The NLC head also urged the state government to unify monthly pensions, claiming that what many retirees receive at the end of each month is absurd.

Mr Bennett Asogwa, Chairman of the Enugu State Council of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), urged the government to recommence the monthly transfer of N100 million for the gradual payment of outstanding gratuities.

Other demands outlined by Asogwa include a review of the unlawful scheduling of some civil servants for premature retirement and the completion of the 9th Mile Water Crash Programme as soon as possible.

Other initiatives include clearing outstanding promotion arrears, repositioning the health sector through complete implementation of the Consolidated Health Salary Structure, and more.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi responded by saying that the state government has begun the process of addressing the issues raised in order to have a harmonious industrial relationship.
Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the Secretary to the State Government, represented Ugwuanyi, who asked workers to continue to exhibit solidarity with the government.

“The government has demonstrated its dedication to the welfare of workers, and we have maintained our resolve to guarantee that workers in the state enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts across the federation.”

“We stand with you and will keep working to guarantee that organized labor and the government are on the same page,” Ugwuanyi stated.

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