The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have issued a strike notice in Enugu.
The two bodies said they will, "totally shut down" primary schools and all local government councils in Enugu State if the councils fail to implement the N30,000 minimum wage consequential adjustments for it’s member workers.
The is coming few weeks after primary schools in the state went on strike due to the non-payment of minimum wage to teachers in the state since its implementation 30 months ago.
In a press briefing by the leadership of both unions in the state on Thursday, Comrades Kenneth Ugwueze of NULGE and Theophilus Nweke Odo of NUT lamented that they were the most impoverished workers in the state.
They disclosed that the two unions met with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on June 3, 2022, where he requested to be allowed one month grace to deal with the matter.
“A month and two weeks down the line, nothing positive has emerged from the government towards addressing the matter.
"Instead, the implementation is tactfully being delayed with unfulfilled promises that the issue would soon be over.
“Accordingly, the two affected industrial unions in the state (NUT and NULGE) wish to state unequivocally that if by Wednesday, 27th July, 2022, the national minimum wage of N30, 000 with its consequential adjustment is not implemented and seen to be implemented for workers in those two unions, industrial peace and harmony may not be guaranteed in the two sectors in Enugu state,” they warned.
NULGE’s state President, Kenneth Ugwueze noted that the minimum wage was an act established by the National Assembly because of the of the inflation in the country which Enugu State domesticated.
He added that this would be the first time that there will be differentials in salary scales in the state.
“We were promised January and in October 2021, our biometrics were captured and since the judgment of National Industrial court committees were set yet to no avail.
"The economic pressures being faced by workers is better imagined.
“Therefore, after our meeting we resolved that by Wednesday 27, we’ve sent notices, we will withdraw our services in LGAs, including primary health centres because we have endured enough.
"It’s a seven-day notice to show commitment.
"We are doing so now because we were informed that the account departments were asked to work the voucher for July with the old salary scale.
“We can also tell you that the present federation allocation of local government councils can comfortably pay the minimum wage,” the union leaders disclosed.