Labour Threatens Strike Over Delay in of Minimum Wage Implementation
Written by Adekoya on July 2, 2019
Trade Unions in the country are gearing up to shut down the economy over the non implementation of the new national minimum wage of Thirty thousand Naira.
The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council and the eight unions in the public service are spear heading the action.
They accused the Federal Government of persistently derailing every effort to ensure early implementation of the new national minimum wage
In statement signed by the Acting Chairman and Secretary of the Council, Anchaver Solomon, and Alade Lawal, the Council said it had begun the process of mobilising its members nationwide for a showdown with the government.
The statement alleges that government was always introducing hurdles on the issue of consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage.
It says that since the committee set up early last month to work out the adjustments arising from the new national minimum wage the government’s side is only offering peanuts to workers as adjustment under the pretext that it will soon be undertaking general salary review in the public service.
According to it, labour leaders had initially proposed that since the minimum wage was increased by sixty six point six per cent, salaries should be adjusted across board to maintain existing relativity.
It says government argued that the wage bill will be too high and the Trade Union side reviewed its demand downward settling for thirty per cent for officers on grade levels 07-14 and 25 per cent for those on grade levels 15-17, but government is insisting on paying Nine point five per cent raise for employees on grade levels 07-14 and five per cent for those on grade levels 15-17.