TUC President: Quadri Olaleye: warns errant governors

By Esenvosa Izah/Lagos

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), has said that eight states are yet to commence the payment of the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustments.

Its President, Mr Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary General, Mr Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos, said that the union had written to the governors and also engaged them in dialogue, but without any success.

They did not identify the errant governors.

The labour leaders, while expressing deep concern, said that the union had decided to collaborate with the Nigeria Labour Congress, to carry out its planned protest formerly scheduled for Sept. 23, but now shifted to Sept. 28.

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“There is no need for the pains we bear; it is a needless one. They asked us to tighten our belts while they loosen theirs.

“Services are not rendered, yet we are compelled to pay estimated bills.

“You will recall that this government spoke a lot on subsidy and even promised to build refineries.

“We depend a lot on oil, so any hike in fuel price will automatically have adverse effects, but successive governments have consistently done that,” the union leaders fumed.

The duo vowed that the union would protest against social ills, urging governments at all levels to act quickly to forestall such action in the interest of the general public