The Ogun State Government after a meeting held with the labour union has expressed its willingness to pay N30,500 as minimum wage to workers in the state with retroactive effect from 1st January 2020.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Kunle Somorin, confirmed this in a statement in Abeokuta, on Wednesday, stating that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed with the state government. The representatives of organised labour made up of the Joint Negotiating Council, the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, with the Head of Service, Mrs Amope Chokor, led the government delegation in signing on behalf of the government.
Speaking after signing the MOU, the Head of Service commended the labour for their support and understanding within the past eight weeks of negotiation and thanked the governor for the good gesture which would spur the workers to be more productive and efficient in their service delivery to the people of the state.
It was further gathered that a consensus was reached between both parties consequential adjustments, of 27 per cent for grade level 07, GL 08 (20%), GL 09 (19%), GL 10 to 14 (15%) and GL 15 to 17 (14%) were made.
Somorin stated that the Chairman, NLC, Emmanuel Bankole, said: "The agreement was signed in the interest of the workers of the state.”
Bankole was quoted to have told newsmen, “Workers in the state have sacrificed and deserve the payment of their arrears.”
However, he pleaded with Governor Dapo Abiodun to pay the salary arrears left behind by the immediate-past administration in the state.