FG & Labour reach agreement on Minimum wage

The Federal Government and organised labour on Thursday finally agreed on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

As the meeting reached an advanced stage, the Minister of State for
Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, tweeted from the venue that both
parties had reached an agreement, but he did not give details.

“After some delicate negotiations (with both ministers as conciliators), the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are working on the communiqué,” Keyamo had tweeted.

In a statement, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye; and the Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, confirmed the peace pact, commending the Federal Government and Labour for their patience while the negotiations lasted.

The statement reads, “We commend the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, and her team for their sincerity.

“Though they argued that the government could not afford to meet our earlier demand
of N30,000 minimum wage across board because of the economic situation in the country, we made them understand that some people could not be more Nigerian than others.

“If we are tightening our belts, government should also do so.”

The secretary of the Joint National Civil Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, also confirmed the figure to our Correspondent through a text message after confirmation on what was agreed with the FG was sought from him.

Lawal had earlier told our Correspondent that the parties had reached an agreement on the wage crisis.

He said both parties agreed on 23.2 percentage increase for workers at grade level 07; 20 per cent for those at grade level 08; 19 per cent for workers at grade level 09; 16 per cent for those on levels 10 to 14; and 14 per cent for workers at grade levels 15 to 17.

The agreement came 182 days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed
the new minimum wage into law.

Source: Punch

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