Minimum Wage: FG, Labour continue negotiations ahead of nationwide strike

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The federal government and organized Labour will today continue meeting to avert Wednesday’s nationwide strike over the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage. Both parties had met on Monday where Labour submitted its preferred percentage on the consequential increase in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage.

A source at the Ministry of Labour and Employment told reporters that apart from the minister, Dr Chris Ngige, who would chair the meeting, the Federal Government team would comprise of the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed; Minister of State, Finance, Budget and Planning, Clement Agba; Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi- Esan; Director General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze; Acting Chairman, National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta; and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Labour will be represented at the meeting by the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, headed by its acting chairman, Achaver Simon, and secretary of the union, Alade Lawal.

The minister of Labour had also extended invitation to leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress.

President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the N30,000 minimum wage into law but implementation has been stalled because the government and Labour Unions have failed to reach an agreement on the consequential adjustment of salaries.

The organized Labour had demanded 29 percent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 percent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.

However, the government presented a proposal of 11 percent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14 and 6.5 percent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.

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