Federal Government Blames Labour Over Non Implementation Of New Minimum Wage.
Uploaded by Adekoya on August 13, 2019
The Federal Government has attributed the delay in the implementation of the “Consequential Adjustment” of the N30, 000 new minimum wage to the unrealistic demands of labour unions.
The Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Chief Richard Egbule made this known in an interview in Abuja.
He explained that the current demand of the labour unions would raise the total wage bill too high and that was why government could not accept their proposed salary adjustments.
According to Chief Egbule, labour is asking for consequential adjustment and government in its wisdom had made budgetary provision for an adjustment of N10, 000 across the board for those already earning above N30, 000 per month.
He said that the unions had refused this offer, saying that because the increase in minimum wage from 18,000 to N30, 000 was 66 per cent, therefore they want 66 per cent increment across the board.
The Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission
advised labour to come to a compromise because government had so far been magnanimous in agreeing to increase salaries without any threat of downsizing.
He wants labour to accept the terms for now and prepare to fight for the harmonization of salaries that is coming up,assuring that it will take care of the contentious issue.