After a long tussle between the Organised Labour and the federal government on the issue of a consequential adjustments on the implementation of the new minimum wage of thirty thousand naira, both parties have stealth their sword after negotiating for 3 whole days, they finally have consent to an agreement.
Those involved in these negotiations on the side of the government were, the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Nigige, Dr. Festus Keyamo, Dr. Folashade Esan, Ag Head of Civil Service and Mr. Olusegun Olufehunt were witnesses to the signed agreement.
While on the Organised Labour side, Mr Simon Anchaver, Ag. Chairman, JNPSNC and Mr Alade Bashir, Secretary General, JNPSNC were also witnesses.
During the meeting a communique was issued and a document comprising the negotiations were signed by both parties involved.
This is coming days after Labour issued a threat to cause industrial unrest on the 16th of October, 2019, if the negotiations on the consequential adjustments of emoluments in all government ministries and agencies were not met.
After the 3 days negotiations the following Terms of Settlement and Agreement pertaining to the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the Public Service were reached.
“The consequential adjustment for Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS), called group one is; GL 07 -23.2 per cent, GL 08 -20 per cent, GL 09 – 19 per cent, GL 10 – 14 is 16 per cent, while GL 15-17 is 14 per cent.
“The second Group consists of Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS), Consolidated Tertiary Educational Institutions Salary Structure (CONTEDISS), Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure II (CONUASS II).
“Others are; Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Academic Salary Structure (CONPCASS) and Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS). “For Grade Level seven and its equivalent, it is 23.2 per cent, GL 8-14 Equivalent at 16 per cent, and GL 15-17/Equivalent at 10.5 per cent.”
The Trade Union Congress in a statement, confirms the agreement and stated that it was a win-win situation for Nigerian workers and commended the Federal Government and organised labour for their patience while the National Minimum Wage negotiations lasted.
The TUC boss said he was particularly happy with the agreement, because it has addressed some salary discrepancies and overlapping issues that workers have agitated about.
“This is a unique agreement and we promise to build on that by God’s grace,” he added. Earlier, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said the new minimum wage was a national law and it must be obeyed by all tiers of government.
“We have often repeated that the essence of that law was for the president to lift the vulnerable working force both in the private and public service.
“This is a national law and it must be obeyed by all; state government, local government and all persons concerned that employ more than 25 persons in their organisation.
“We have decided to fast tract discussions. We are fast tracking it because we need to put an end to the issue of minimum wage till the next five years, when it will arise again.
“We need to finalise this today, The suspense is too much for the people. Even your constituency- workers, if we don’t conclude today, they will be thinking otherwise. “They will start thinking that you have been compromised, even the government side, if we don’t conclude today, they will start saying you people are influencing us. “This negotiation should be, in the spirit of give and take, in the spirit of one nation, end this thing. If we decide to empty the purse so that the nation will go broke, it will affect all of us. “If we do give and take, look at government purse and know that this purse has been badly depleted, make some concession, it will be in the interest of Nigeria.”