Ogun minimum wage negotiation hits brick wall

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…as Labour leaders boycott signing of agreement

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The negotiation of the implementation of minimum wage between labour leaders and the Ogun state government on Monday ended deadlock.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the meeting which was held at the governor’s office in Oke-Mosan was inconclusive because the labour leaders reportedly failed to sign the agreement between them and the government.

Findings by our reporter revealed that the meeting was supposed to be the final meeting between the government and labour leaders on minimum wage implementation.

PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the labour leaders insisted that until the government agree with two other key issues raised by the workers before they can sign the agreement.

PLATFORM TIMES also gathered that the key issues raised by the labour leaders include how some sectors would also benefit from the new minimum wage.

It was however gathered that the Head Of Service, Ajibola Chokor insisted that she cannot agree with the issue raised by the labour leaders until she takes it back to the governor.

PLATFORM TIMES also learnt that the insistence by the HOS not to agree with the labour leaders’ demands made them left the meeting in annoyance.

Our reporter also gathered that the labour leaders angrily left the meeting venue to the office of the governor, but they were told the governor is out of town.

Further findings revealed that all efforts by the labour leaders try to get the attention of the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Shuaib Salis prove abortive.

Speaking with our reporter on the outcome of the meeting, the chairman of the Joint Negotiating Committee, Comrade Folorunsho Olanrewaju admitted that the meeting with the government was incolclusive.

Comrade Olanrewaju explained that the labour leaders did not agree to sign off the agreement because there are still two other key issues they want the government to address.

The JNC chairman who did not disclosed the two key issues hinted that they may not sign the agreement if the two issues are not address by the government.

He noted that the implementation of the minimum wage in the state must be a replica of what the federal government has done.

He stressed that any attempt to do something that will not benefit any part of the workers in the state would be rejected by the labour leaders.

He said, “As at yesterday, the labour side met with the state government, we have almost reached the point of having a concluding aspect of the meeting, but somehow the method the Head Of Service employed was that as soon as we finish certain meetings, she will have to meet her principal and after meeting her principal, she will come back to give us the next line of action and the agreement they had with the governor.

“On the face of that when we met yesterday, the last discussion we had was the reply she gave us and it was very favourable to the labour side.

“But, because we have some other important information that are still germane to our people and in the course of doing that, we asked for two key issues and we believe that the two key issues are very relevant and important.

“There is no way we can negotiate without getting all these important information from the government.

“The way the government has taken it, the Head Of Service said the issues before her that she did not have the power to give us the position. Though, she was saying that we should sign off yesterday, but we said no, because those two key issues are relevant and important.

“We cannot leave certain sector of members of the workers and try to sign off. Everybody will have to be on board, so, that is why we have to carry everybody along.

“We have to leave that meeting yesterday incolclusive and we have to look for the governor yesterday. We were in his office, but we were told he travelled.

“We tried to meet the SSG and the Chief of staff, but they told us they were also not available.

“What was done at the Federal level was just replica of what we are to do in the state. So, hence, we cannot leave one and be treating others.”

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