New Minimum Wage: FG, labour resumes negotiations on Sept.16


The Federal Government and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) has agreed September 16 to resume negotiations on the implementation of the new minimum wage as the earlier Sept. 4 scheduled was suspended.

This was disclosed by JNPSN Secretary General, Mr Alade Lawal, while speaking to NAN on Tuesday in Lagos that the meeting was rescheduled at the instance of the officials.

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The organised labour and the Federal Government have been in conflict over the implementation of the new minimum wage which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 18.

Negotiations between the government and the JNPSNC, representing labor in the technical commission set up to negotiate the consequential adjustment of workers ‘ wages as a consequence of the new minimum salary, had broken down owing to unresolved disagreements in their suggestions.

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While the Federal Government proposed 9.5 per cent salary increase for employees on grade levels 07 to 14 and five per cent for those on grade levels 15 to 17, labour is demanding 30 per cent increase for officers on grade levels 07 to 14 and 25 per cent increase for grade levels 15 to 17.

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However, the President of the the Nigerian Labour Congress( NLC) , Ayuba Wabba, had told journalists that the congress would support any position taken by the JNPSN on the new national minimum wage. (NAN)

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