FG, Labour Reach Agreement On Implementation Of N30,000 Minimum Wage

 

The Federal Government and organised labour have reached an agreement on the implementation of the new minimum wage after three days of talks that ran through nights and ended in the wee hours of mornings.

At a meeting which started around 7 pm on Thursday and ended after 2 am on Friday, both sides finally agreed on the percentage increase for grade levels seven to 17.

The adjustments for the various wages structures were decided as follows:

COMESS wage structure

Grade level seven= 23 per cent, level 8=20 per cent, level 9=19 per cent, level 10 -14 = 16 per cent, level 15-17=14 per cent.

CONHES, CONRRISE, CONTISS, etc

Level 7= 22.2 per cent

Level 8-14 = 16 per cent

Level 15-17 = 10.5 per cent

The meeting also increased the salaries of military and paramilitary officers, but the percentages were kept confidential.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the details of the increase will be communicated to the military and paramilitary organisations through the appropriate channels.

Dr Ngige expects the adjustments to be implemented immediately.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, had first tweeted about a breakthrough in the talks around 10 pm on Thursday.

Strike Averted

The talks between the Federal Government and labour leaders which started on Monday had helped to prevent workers from embarking on a nationwide industrial action.

After failing to reach an agreement with the government on the full implementation of the new minimum wage, more than five months after it was signed into law, labour issued a two-week ultimatum to the government.

The source of disagreement was the percentage for the consequential wage increase for workers based on the new minimum of N30,000.

Organised labour had initially demanded a 66 percent salary increase for workers on levels seven to 17. It later reduced the percentage downward to 29 percent for levels seven – 14 and 24 percent for levels 15 to 17.

The Federal Government, however, offered to pay 11 percent for workers on grade levels seven to 14 and 6.5 percent for those on levels 15 to 17.

In rejecting the government’s offer, labour leaders argued that the percentages being offered by the government would be ineffective for workers in the light of the currency devaluation, fuel price hike, value-added tax increase and electricity tariff increase all of which occurred in recent years with the minimum wage at N18,000.

Two days to the expiration of the ultimatum, both sides returned to the table, first averting a strike and coming to a compromise for the full implementation of the new minimum wage.

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Fail To Reach Agreement

 

The meeting between Organised Labour and the Federal Government again ended without both parties reaching a conclusion.

After several hours of the meeting, which started at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and ended in the early hours of Thursday, both parties failed to reach a resolution in the consequential adjustment of workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

However, both parties agreed to adjourn the meeting until 7:00 pm on Thursday to continue deliberation.

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At the end of the meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige told journalists that specific jobs had been given to some committees that must be submitted before the negotiation could be deemed completed.

He added that “some progress has been made but we have not been able to conclude and have collective bargaining agreement. Some committees need to do some computation. We have worked up to the early hours of today. That is in the true spirit of collective bargaining. That is what we have to do to get the process concluded and conclude the process.”

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, also at the end of the meeting told journalists that Nigerians would be given details of the negotiation and concessions made after the rescheduled meeting.

“We have adjourned to reconvene by 7:00 pm. At the appropriate time, we should be able to give the details,” he added that “every dispute will be concluded at the roundtable.”

The Workers union had last week threatened the Federal Government to resolve the impasse on or before Wednesday, October 16 or risks industrial disharmony.

A meeting to resolve the impasse on Tuesday ended inconclusive, as both parties agree to reschedule for Wednesday.

One major issue delaying the full implementation of the minimum wage is the percentage of the salary increase for certain categories of workers.

While the organised labour is demanding a 29% salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24% adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17, the Federal Government had presented a proposal of 11% salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to14 and 6.5% adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.

Minimum Wage: Negotiations Ongoing For Workers On Salaries Grade Level 7 And Above

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has explained the process of the government’s implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage.

He confirmed that while the new minimum wage has been implemented from Salaries Grade Level 1 to 7, that of levels 7- 17 are being considered as negotiations are ongoing.

According to him, it is a consequential adjustment because once those at the lowest rungs of the ladder begin to earn N30,000, their salaries will impinge into the Level 6/7.

Consequently, there has to be a process of “collective bargaining”.

According to him, “it’s not a general wage review”.

 

The minister further explained that the government in anticipation of a general wage review has put in place a presidential committee on salaries on wages for which the Minister of Finance is the chairman, assisted by himself (Ngige) and other ministers.

“We are putting a report to the government on a general wage review because there are some agencies of government that the salaries of people on the same level with those in pure civil service, when compared, the man in that agency is earning times three, 300 per cent of what the person is earning”.

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About a week ago, organised labour, had issued a strike notice to the Federal Government, asking the Minister of Labour to re-convene the negotiating meeting and finalise on the issues of consequential salaries adjustment for workers who are in salaries grade level seven and above.

The unions are demanding for 29 per cent salary increase for officers on grade seven to 14, and 24 per cent for grade 15 to 17, but the government is proposing 11 per cent for officers on grade level 7 to 14, and 6.5 per cent for officers on grade level 15 to 17.

They are expected to meet on Tuesday with heads of government agencies and parastatals, to try to reach an agreement on what amount can actually be paid to workers.

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour In Closed-Door Meeting

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has commenced dialogue with Labour Unions again in Abuja on Wednesday as time runs out on a deadline issued by the unions for the payment of the thirty thousand naira minimum wage.

According to a press statement signed by the Director public relations unit of the ministry of labour, the meeting is part of the federal government efforts to prevent the industrial action which the workers have planned to embark upon by mid October.

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The communique notes that both The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council are participating in the latest meeting with The minister Of Labour.

Labour leaders had issued a joint communique on October the seventh, warning that they can not guarantee industrial harmony by October the sixteenth, if the Federal Government fail to reconvene a meeting of the committee on consequential adjustments.

Minimum Wage: Labour Rejects Govt’s Offer, Issues Two-Week Ultimatum

Minimum Wage: NLC Praises Buhari For 'Doing The Needful', Demands Immediate Implementation

 

The leadership of Organized Labour in Nigeria comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have given the Federal Government two weeks to implement the new minimum wage of thirty thousand naira or risks a nationwide industrial action.

In a statement signed by the president of the two unions, the labour leaders accused the government’s negotiating team of complacency.

The statement insists that the delay in implementing the consequential salaries adjustment is caused by the government.

The workers’ unions demanded a reconvening of the negotiation meeting before October the sixteenth, as they can no longer guarantee industrial harmony after the deadline.

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Below is the full statement signed by the two unions.

“NEED FOR URGENT INTERVENTION ON THE STALLED NEGOTIATION OF CONSEQUENTIAL ADJUSTMENT OF SALARIES ARISISNG FROM THE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE OF N30,000 PER MONTH TO AVERT INDUSTRIAL CRISIS

The leadership of Organized Labour in Nigeria comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) met today, 2nd October, 2019 with the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC-Trade Union Side) at the Labour House, Abuja.
The sole agenda of the meeting was to receive briefing from JNPSNC and to discuss the way forward on the deadlock in negotiations for consequential wage adjustment for workers in public service arising from recent enactment of the new national minimum wage of N30,000. Subsequently, the meeting went into very extensive deliberations around the following concerns;
Organized labour has out of its patriotic disposition demonstrated a great deal of restraint, consideration and patience with government. In the course of negotiations for consequential salary adjustment, organized labour had to moderate its initial position of having 66.6% upward salary adjustment for workers on salary grade level 07 – 17 by accepting an upward adjustment of 29% for officers on salary level 07-14 and 24% adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 – 17. Despite this patriotic gesture, government has kept insisting that it can only pay 11% for officers on grade level 07 – 14 and 6.5% consequential wage increase to public workers for officers on level 15-17;

Since the last national minimum wage of N18,000, workers have been forced to suffer huge inflation and astronomical hike in the prices of essential goods and services. The following examples would suffice;

The country’s currency, the naira had suffered devaluation from N150 to $1 in 2011 to N360 to $1 in 2019, a depreciation of 140%.
Furthermore, petroleum price has been hiked from N87 per liter to N145 per liter which translates to 60% price increase.
Electricity tariff has been increased by about 60%.
Of recent, the Value Added Tax (VAT) has been reviewed from 5% to 7.2%.

The nonchalant attitude of the government negotiating side has dragged negotiations for consequential wages adjustment unduly. Nigerian workers have exercised tremendous patience and restraint already.
At the end of our deliberation, the leadership of organized labour in Nigeria resolved as follows;

The offer by government for salary adjustment of 11% for public workers on salary grade level 07 – 14 and 6.5% consequential increase for public workers on grade level 15 – 17 is not acceptable to Nigerian workers. We view the position of government as a show of insensitivity to the plight of workers and an attempt to collect with the left hand what government had offered with the right hand;

We demand the reconvening of the meeting of the committee negotiating the consequential adjustment with a view to concluding the process that started on the 28th of May, 2019 within one week;

Entering into an agreement with labour to the effect that salary of officers on grade 07-14 should be reviewed upward by 29% while that of officers on grade level 15-17 should be reviewed upwards by 24%; and

Commence immediate implementation of the signed agreement on consequential adjustment of public workers’ salaries with effect from 18th of April 2019 when the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month was signed into law.

In conclusion, the leadership of organized labour in Nigeria wishes to categorically state that the leadership of labour cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country if our demands are not met at the close of work on Wednesday, 16th October, 2019.

Aluta continua… Victoria Ascerta!

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni Comrade Quadri Olaleye
President, NLC President, TUC

Comrade Simon Anchaver Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal
Ag. Chairman, JNPSNC (Trade Union Side) Secretary, JNPSNC (Trade Union Side)

2nd October, 2019”

NSITF Board: NLC President Is Being Economical With The Truth – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, says the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba is being economical with the truth.

He stated this on Tuesday while appearing on a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“The NLC President is being economical with the truth. I told them that this name you people have inserted there is an invalid nomination.

“It was on that basis that I asked Mr Kokori to give me his Curriculum Vita (CV). As a matter of fact, this NLC President came to my office and lied to me that the Vice President asked them to bring a nomination.

“And I told him, it cannot stand. You know what the Act says. Based on that, I wrote to the Vice President pointing out that I should nominate. As at two weeks ago, the Vice President said he didn’t see them,” he said.

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But reacting, the NLC President faulted the Minister for the delay in the constitution of the board, blaming the action on an alleged lack of communication between the Federal Government and the labour.

While maintaining that Kokori was not recommended by the labour, he insisted that his appointment was based on a recommendation from the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) being a member.

He said: “The issue of Kokori’s appointment was not the issue mainly, it was inaugurating the board. So clearly speaking, there is a breakdown in communication. That communication which was made public to Nigerians only came at the eve of the inauguration two days ago.

“We are social partners in this particular issue. It’s a labour market institution. We shouldn’t wait until the 11th hour. Labour should have been informed. Even him Kokori should have been informed.

“Even now, there is no formal communication to him. After the Minister invited him to his house and had dinner to say you have been appointed, there is no formal communication to labour.

When asked when the implementation of the new national minimum wage would commence, the Minister said he doesn’t know.

He, however, explained that the Federal Government would constitute an Implementation Committee comprising of seven ministers and the Salaries and Wages Commission.

“An implementation committee on the government sides would be inaugurated today in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

“There are about seven ministers who are there. The head of the Civil Service of the Federation will chair the committee, the Chairman, Salaries Income and Wages Commission will be the secretary and we will have the secretariat,” he said.

Ngige’s comment follows the faceoff between himself and the NLC over the constitution and inauguration of the board for the National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

Members of the Labour Union have been aggrieved following the replacing of Frank Kokori as the Chair of NSITF Board with Enejamo-Isire and his subsequent reappointment as the chair the board of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies.

Ngige Describes Picketing Of His House By NLC As ‘Hooliganism’

 

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has described the picketing of his house by some members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) as hooliganism.

He said this on Thursday while addressing journalists at the State House.

Members of the NLC had on Wednesday protested against the minister for his alleged failure to inaugurate the board of National Social Insurance Trust Fund with Frank Kokori as the chairman.

But the protest took a new twist as workers were attacked by suspected thugs at the minister’s house in Asokoro.

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While the Labour accused the minister of hiring thugs to attack them, he has denied the reports.

He also added that members of his family and immediate neighbours have been traumatised by the action.

Those who were injured during the incident on Wednesday were immediately taken to the National Hospital in Abuja for treatment.

Nigeria’s Labour Leaders Call For Mass Creation Of Decent Jobs

Nigeria’s Labour Leaders Call For Mass Creation Of Decent Jobs

 

Labour leaders in the country have called for mass creation of decent jobs for Nigerians, especially the young generation.

The leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) made the call during a rally on Monday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

They said there was a need to create decent jobs for youths in the country, noting that it would go a long way in reducing the incidences of crime.

READ ALSONLC, TUC ‘March For Jobs’ In Abuja

The labour leaders used the march as an opportunity to call government’s attention to the rising cases of unemployment, de-industrialisation of the economy, and what they described as the near-collapse of social support institutions.

They also demanded that the government increased efforts at eradicating unemployment and supporting social institutions.

The demonstrators, however, warned that mass jobs without decent remunerations would be counter-productive.

They asked employers of labour in the private and public sectors of the country to immediately begin the full implementation of the new national minimum wage.

NLC, TUC 'March For Jobs' In Abuja

 

Part of a statement signed by the Chairman of the 2019 May Day Preparatory Committee, Najeem Yasin, read, “The consequence of mass unemployment in our country, especially youth unemployment is finding expression daily on our streets and communities in the form of increasing crime wave.

“It is high time we arrested this dangerous drift before it consumes all of us. As we march today, we call on government, employers in the private sector, international development partners and local social actors to come together to plot a way out of this cauldron.

“We call on government to rehabilitate public roads, power supply, railways, inland waterways, schools, and hospitals as enabling infrastructure for mass industrialisation and mass job creation.

“Whatever the government does; now is the time to create mass decent jobs for our teeming youth.

“Mass jobs without decent remunerations would be counter-productive. We call on all employers of labour to quickly commence the implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

“The Nigeria Labour movement will keep a hawk’s eye on all employers of labour, especially state governments to ensure total compliance on the implementation of the new national minimum wage.”

The labour leaders held the march in preparation of Workers Day which is marked on May 1 annually.

The event also coincides with the centenary celebration of the existence of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

NLC, TUC ‘March For Jobs’ In Abuja

NLC, TUC 'March For Jobs' In Abuja

 

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday held a rally in Abuja.

The demonstrators, in large number, marched across some major streets of the nation’s capital.

They demanded the creation of decent jobs for youths in the country and asked the government to step up efforts at eradicating unemployment.

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The members noted that the march was preparatory to the commemoration of the 2019 edition of the Workers Day on May 1.

See some photos below:

FG Fixes Jan 23 For Transmission Of Minimum Wage Bill To NASS

File Photo: Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

 

The Federal Government has fixed January 23, 2019, to transmit the new Minimum Wage Bill to the National Assembly with a view to fast-tracking the implementation of a new wage structure for Nigerian workers.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, confirmed this to journalists on Tuesday after a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and its allies in Abuja.

He assured the labour leaders that the government will be presenting the recommendations of the tripartite committee to the States Security Council in the coming weeks.

According to him, the whole process that precedes the transmission of the bill to the National Assembly will be completed before January 23.

On his part, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, stressed the importance of keeping to the timeline to avoid further disagreements between labour and the government.

FG Resumes Talks With Labour Leaders Over Minimum Wage

Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, holds talks with NLC leadership

 

The Federal Government is resuming its meeting with the leadership of the organised labour in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

This development comes three days after a previous gathering aimed at averting a planned nationwide strike by the unions over the new minimum wage.

During its Friday talks at the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, the meeting ended without any resolution of the dispute, prompting an adjournment of the dialogue till today.

Other government officials that joined Ngige included the Minister of Finance, Mr Zainab Ahmed and that of the Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma.

On the other hand, representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other labour unions were in attendance.

The labour leaders want the Executive to transmit the new minimum wage structure as agreed to by the Presidential Tripartite Committee, to the National Assembly or face fresh industrial action.

Minimum Wage: Labour Threatens To Strike Again

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced that a high-powered technical committee would be set up to review the resolution of the tripartite committee, which recommended N30,000 as the new minimum.

But the unions had vowed not to be part of the planned review by the technical committee as announced by the president, insisting that all discussions had ended on the new minimum wage as the labour union has taken a stand.

Meanwhile, the NLC has declared Tuesday, January 8 as a day of national protest over the issue.

 

FG, Labour Fail To Reach Agreement Over Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage: FG, Labour Fail To Reach Agreement As Meeting Reconvenes Monday

 

The Federal Government has held a meeting with leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over a new minimum wage for workers in the country,

However, the meeting which took place on Friday in Abuja ended inconclusively as both parties agreed to continue their discussions on Monday next week.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, led a delegation of other ministers including Mrs Zainab Ahmed (finance) and Mr Udo Udoma (budget and national planning).

The government convened the meeting in a bid to avert the proposed rally by the workers who have demanded a minimum wage of N30,000.

Members of the organised labour had planned to stage the protest against the alleged complacency on the part of the government in the processes that would lead to the implementation of the new minimum wage demanded.

The National President of NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, told reporters at the end of the meeting which lasted for hours that the outcome of the discussion next week would determine the next step they would take.

He said, “We have not been able to conclude and we have agreed to reconvene on Monday, to be able to tidy up the process.”

“The issue is about making sure that the (National Minimum Wage) Bill is transmitted and other auxiliary issues that the government said it is trying to put together. We also want to see how the money gets into the pockets of our workers.”

On his part, the labour and employment minister insisted that the government was keenly interested in transmitting the new minimum wage recommendations to the National Assembly.

He also clarified the functions of the new committee that was set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to look into the recommendations of the tripartite committee.

“If the President is not committed to it, he won’t put up the National Minimum Wage Committee in the first instance. He did so, inaugurated it, and provided it with the equipment to work,” Ngige said.