In Oyo State, the government has begun verification of its workers because of an increase in the wage bill.
The Chairman JPSNC in the state, Ogundera Olusola, said labour leaders will not take less than the minimum wage agreed at the federal level.
He said: “For us in Oyo, we will not take less than the national minimum wage. That is the template. The governor is even ready to pay more than the minimum, but he has a problem.
One month after he resumed, the wage bill of the state went up by N1 billion. He pleaded with us that he will like to conduct a biometric verification exercise.
“Oyo State workers are currently undergoing the biometric verification exercise. But we have written the state government and we have forwarded the circular and the national template. We are awaiting their response.
“We have told our governor that we will not be well dispose to negotiating an already negotiated national minimum wage with its consequential adjustments.
“There is no way you will move the least earner from N18,000 to N30,000 and you want somebody who has been earning N30,000 to stay on the same salary.
“If we want to enforce it, the state government will say that we want to coerce them into paying the minimum wage when he is actually doubting the existence of normal workers versus ghost workers in the state. That is why we are tarrying a bit for the biometric exercise to be concluded.
“We don’t expect a negotiation. We only want to hear the announcement and maybe later in the day the government will call labour leaders into a meeting and tell us the situation.”