Ex-labour chief commends government, urges cooperation on new deal


 A former President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Peter Esele, has commended the Federal Government and organised labour for finally resolving their differences on the new minimum wage consequential adjustments.

Esele expressed his optimism that State Governments would learn from the Federal Government and put machineries in motion to ensure that state councils of labour started their own negotiations.

He said the gesture would help to ensure that the N30, 000 minimum wage would be paid together with the consequential adjustments to workers in the states.

“I believe there is money to pay. So, let nobody say that paying workers N30, 000 minimum wage is doing workers a favour.

“What you have now is that the N30, 000 minimum wage is less than $100 per month for the least paid worker.

“When we did the N18, 000 minimum wage, it was $120. So you may see the quantum leap in naira but there is no quantum leap in purchasing power.

“Since purchasing power has reduced, state governors must pay.  State governors have to pay.

“But for the Federal Government, they have always been very responsive. There may be disagreements and hardline positions from them at the onset but the Federal Government always turns around and makes the payment.

“So I think the Federal Government deserves commendation for this. The minister of labour deserves commendation and the president deserves commendation.

“So, it’s my hope that the president should reach out to governors and ensure that they respect the laws of the land.’’ 

Suzan O