By Abdulmumin Murtala
FOLLOWING an earlier announced three-day strike scheduled to commence on Thursday, April 8, 2021, by workers in Kano, protesting the reversion to the former minimum wage of N18,000 from the new minimum wage of N30,600, the Kano council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has announced the suspension of the industrial action after reaching some agreements with the government.
Organised Labour also announced the suspension of a planned peaceful protest scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021. This was announced in a statement issued to newsmen and signed by the National Deputy President, NLC, Najeem Yasin, after a meeting with the state government that ended late in the night on Wednesday.
“Following the agreements/resolutions reached between the Kano State government and organised Labour today Wednesday, April 8, 2021 on payment of March 2021 salaries, the proposed three days warning strike scheduled to commence from 12:01am on Thursday, April 8, 2021 is hereby suspended and the proposed peaceful protest peaceful protest scheduled for Monday, April 12, is equally suspended,” the NLC announced.
Organised Labour further explained that the meeting was at the instance of the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje in person, with representative of the National NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who was represented by the National Deputy President NLC Najeem Yasin, Biobelemoye Joy Josia, National Chairman JOHESU and president MHWUN, Benson Ukpa, Head of Information Unit NLC Headquarters and the representatives of the organised labour in Kano.
During the meeting with the Kano State governor, they agreed on seven terms, including government reiterating its position to respect the agreement to abide by the N30,600 minimum wage in the state, among others.
This is contained in a separately signed document by the representatives of Labour that included Kabiru Ado Mijibur, chairman of the NLC in Kano, as well as the state chairmen of TUC, JNC, JCF, JAC, and the Ag Sec NLC and those representing Kano State that included Binta Lawan Ahmad, Head of Service, Shehu Na’Allah Kura, Commissioner Finance, Murtala Sule Garo, Commissioner Local Governments and Muhammad Garba, Commissioner of Information.
“Kano state government has no intention to go back to payment of old N18,000 minimum wage as speculated and reiterates its position to respect the agreement of N30,600 signed between the organized Labour and Kano state government in December, 2019.
“That March, 2021 deductions from worker’s salaries at state and Local Government Councils should be refunded to workers along with April or May 2021 salaries depending on increase of FAAC allocation for the period.
“All machinery for implementation of the new National Minimum wage of N30
, 600.00 should be put in place by the OHCS for KUST Wudil and Yusuf Maitama Sule University immediately.
“That a committee was set up between government and organized Labour to look into the contentious issues as presented by Labour.
“That payment of monthly pension and all the entitlements of retirees should be vested under the resolutions and approval of the Board of Trustee of the KSPFT as provided by 2006 pension law.
“No worker or any Labour leader should be punished/treated in a prejudicial/malicious manner as a result of partaking in the planned industrial action by the Kano state government.
“That the planned three days industrial action scheduled to commence on Thursday, 8th April 2021 and peaceful protest on Monday 12th April 2021 are hereby suspended by the organized Labour” are the terms agreed on by the Kano state government and the organised Labour at the meeting.
The agreement document was also signed by witnesses that include the National Deputy President NLC Najeem Yasin, Biobelemoye Joy Josia, National Chairman JOHESU and president MHWUN, Benson Ukpa, Head of Information Unit NLC Headquarters.