Labour commends stakeholders on minimum wage adjustment

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The organised labour in Nigeria has commended all the parties involved in the just concluded negotiations on the consequential adjustment of the new National Minimum Wage of 30,000 Naira for the senior cadre of staff in the Federal Civil Service in the country.

Workers under the auspices of the Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) made the commendation in a statement signed by the Acting National  Chairman and Secretary of the JNPSNC,  Comrade Anchaver Simon and Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal.

They also called on all implementing authorities to ensure that the date of implantation starts on April 18th 2019, when President, Muhammadu Buhari signed the new wage into law.

“We also wish to advise that since the 2019 National Minimum Wage was signed into Law by Mr. President on 18th April, 2019, the implementation should start from that date so as not to trigger off another avoidable round of agitation by Public Service employees and their Trade Unions.

“We are also glad that Government has taken note of the need for a general salary review in the Public Service. 

We are looking forward to this review and we hope that the Federal Government will keep to its promise which it made during the negotiation of consequent adjustment,” the Union stated.

It expressed the hope that all sides at the just concluded negotiation had learnt some few lessons that would enable them avoid similar mistakes in the future including attempts by what it called some fifth columnist on Government Side to derail Collective Bargaining process.

“It is necessary to commend millions of workers at the Federal and 36 States Public Services for their patience, understanding, and for the confidence they reposed on the leadership of the TUS of the JNPSNC to carry out the negotiation to its logical conclusion.

“We also wish to put on record, marvelous role played by the leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and that of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in ensuring a successful negotiation,” the Union stated.

The TUS equally hailed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, for properly managing the trade dispute.

“We are particularly glad that the Honourable Labour Minister has urged all employers covered by the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act to commence payment failing which the Trade Unions should declare Trade Disputes against such employers at the Ministry or drag them to the National Industrial Court,” the Union stated.

According to the TUS, the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, also deserved commendation for bringing her motherly disposition to bear on the negotiation process and for assuring the nation that necessary arrears would be paid.

Recall that Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on April 18th signed a New National Minimum Wage of 30,000 naira into law, but implementing the new wage to some cadre of staff was delayed over disagreement on the proper percentage of consequential adjustments for the affected workers.

However, only last week, a truce was reached between government and labour after three days of marathon meetings that went into the early hours of the next day.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim