Headline – FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ORGANIZED LABOUR REACH TRUCE OVER MINIMUM WAGE
Uploaded by Michael George on October 18, 2019
Organised Labour and the Federal government have finally agreed on percentage increase of the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30, 000.
After three days of horse trading and intense negotiations, both teams finally shifted ground from their earlier positions and agreed on certain percentages.
The federal government and organised labour, at the end of the meeting, agreed for workers in the federal civil service to earn increases of 23.2 percent for grade level seven, 20 percent for workers on level eight, while it agreed on 19 percent increase for workers on level nine.
16 percent salary increase was decided for workers on grade level 10 to 14 and 14 percent increase for workers on level 15 to 17.
For other categories of federal workers, the government and Organised Labour agreed to 23.2% for Grade level 7, levels 8 to 14 shall earn 16% and 10.5% to levels 15 to 17.
Speaking before the resumption of talks yesterday,leader of government side and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige urged both parties to conclude negotiations on the consequential adjustment for the full implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage to workers.
He stated that the essence of the law was for the President to lift the vulnerable working force both in the private and public service,adding that it is a national law that must be obeyed by all, including state and local governments as well as all persons concerned that employ more than 25 per cent in their organisations.
Leader of Organised labour and NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said organised labour was ready to ensure that the negotiation on the consequential adjustment came to an end.